Trump To Nominate Scott Pruitt To Head The Environmental Agency

Trump To Nominate Scott Pruitt To Head The Environmental Agency
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President-elect Donald Trump is planning to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (48) to head the Environmental Protection Agency which will be a move signaling an assault on President Obama’s climate change and environmental legacy.

Word of Trump’s choice for the Environmental Protection Agency came as the president-elect also named Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as his pick for ambassador to China and asked retired Gen. John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Trump announced late Wednesday as well that he’ll nominate Linda McMahon, former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment, as administrator of the Small Business Administration.

Pruitt may be the most controversial pick of the four. He has been a reliable booster of the fossil fuel industry and a critic of what he derides as the EPA’s “activist agenda.”

Representing his state as attorney general since 2011, Pruitt has repeatedly sued the EPA to roll back environmental regulations and other health protections. He joined with other Republican attorneys general in opposing the Clean Power Plan, which seeks to limit planet-warming carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Pruitt has argued that curbing carbon emissions would trample the sovereignty of state governments, drive up electricity rates, threaten the reliability of the nation’s power grid and “create economic havoc.”

His installment, if confirmed, would mark a significant break with the current EPA approach toward global warming.

The news about the choice of Pruitt was confirmed by a transition official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity before the official announcement.

 

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