President-elect Donald Trump continues with shaping up his Cabinet, as he just appointed Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection agency, says The Huffington Post. The information was revealed yesterday by Trump’s former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway.
Somebody doesn’t love the EPA’s past actions…
Over the past years, Mr. Pruitt made a name for himself as one of the biggest critics of EPA regulations, as well as a defender of fossil fuel interests. He was also in the media’s attention after The Times released 84 pages of correspondence between him and Devon Energy, one of Oklahoma’s biggest oil and gas companies, considering this evidence of “unprecedented, secretive alliance that Mr. Pruitt and other Republican attorneys general have formed with some of the nation’s top energy producers to push back against the Obama regulatory agenda,” says the above mentioned source.
Oklahoma, under Scott Pruitt’s lead, was one of the states that filed suits against the EPA over President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which attempted to curb emissions from power plants. To be more specific, he promise that his regulatory efforts “will…not survive his presidency.”
He was appointed as attorney general in 2010 and is presented as “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.” Also, Pruitt’s biography, available online, claims that he “established Oklahoma’s first federalism unit to combat unwarranted regulation and overreach by the federal government.”
Not everybody likes him, though!
As expected, environmentalist quickly criticized Donald Trump’s option.
“I expect he will have to answer many tough questions throughout the nomination process to address these significant concerns,” said Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer, the incoming minority leader.