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Scott Pruitt OUT at EPA

Scott Pruitt OUT at EPA

"From moving to roll back strong fuel economy standards, to repealing the Clean Power Plan, to undermining chemical regulation, to suppressing climate science, to advocating for US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Scott Pruitt made the EPA stand for Every Polluter's Ally", he said in a statement.

As attorney general, Pruitt filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the agency President Donald Trump would later pick him to lead.

Trump also announced that Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler would take the agency's helm as acting administrator starting Monday. "We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright", Trump wrote.

"We deserve to have someone at the EPA who actually does protect our environment, someone who actually does believe in climate change and takes it seriously", Mink told Pruitt. "The acting administrator doesn't have the same authority as the administrator, but they can do an bad lot".

Pallone said Wheeler won't make a difference at the agency.

"I could have put my hat in the ring for the administrator".

"I made those comments during my time working on the Rubio presidential campaign", Wheeler said in a statement to The Hill. "I am still not interested in that".

Brandon Hurlbut, former chief of staff at the Department of Energy, said the ethics complaints are one thing that is likely to change with Wheeler.

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Democrats and environmental groups decried Wheeler as a coal apologist and former top aide to a GOP senator who rejects mainstream climate science. But he told The Washington Post, which first uncovered the blog post past year, that he came to support Trump later in 2016, after Rubio exited the race, when Trump spoke at an event hosted by coal mining company Murray Energy Corp., one of his lobbying clients.

"Pruitt's legal and ethical failures have overshadowed the Trump administration's reckless assault on human health and the environment", Pallone said. While there, one of his main clients was Murray Energy, the largest privately-held coal mining company in the U.S. Wheeler is a former coal industry lobbyist.

Prominent media critics that Trump likes - including Laura Ingraham - said Pruitt was the "swamp" and needed to go. Like Pruitt, Wheeler is a conservative who will seek to roll back what some see as excessive air and water regulation.

"He will be similar to Pruitt in terms of the agenda".

"I've known Andy a long time", he adds. Republicans say Wheeler is well-qualified to lead the EPA, having worked at the agency early in his career.

In several ways, Wheeler is a more daunting adversary. "Anyone who sat through his confirmation hearing would tell you he did a masterful job".

Pruitt, who appears to be passionate about baseball and religion, doesn't seem particularly interested in the environment - or even, arguably, in destroying it.

The moment you'd been waiting for arrived on Thursday afternoon when Scott Pruitt, fan of fancy lotions and fossil fuel lobbyists, finally resigned as head of the EPA.


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