Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

Mom Who Confronted EPA's Scott Pruitt: ‘Turning Up The Heat Works’

Mom Who Confronted EPA's Scott Pruitt: ‘Turning Up The Heat Works’

When Scott Pruitt's scandal-plagued tenure at the Environmental Protection Agency finally came to an end Thursday, his many critics in and out of Congress wasted no time rejoicing at another Trump Cabinet member exiting under a cloud.

Trump tweeted that Pruitt's deputy, the former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler, would take over Monday as acting head of the agency.

"I'm concerned that the Trump administration's assault on human health and the environment will continue long past Pruitt's departure from EPA", Pallone said.

Mr Trump confirmed Mr Pruitt's resignation on Twitter, saying he had done "an outstanding job".

Trump tweeted that he has "no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda. We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright", Trump wrote.

At the time, the president was feuding with Sessions over the AG's decision to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation, according to CNN, which cited three people familiar with Pruitt's pitch.

Pruitt was equally complimentary of the president in his resignation letter, stating that God both led Trump to the White House and him to serve in Trump's administration.

The praise for Pruitt was far from universal.

The EPA administrator's resignation comes days after a teacher confronted him at a Washington D.C. restaurant to express her disapproval of his policies and urged him to resign.

The new leader of the Environmental Protection Agency is a former coal industry lobbyist who helped lead an industry fight against regulations that protect Americans' health and address climate change.

Wheeler also worked as an energy sector lobbyist, perhaps most notably for Murray Energy Company, one of the nation's largest coal mining companies, according to The Washington Post.

Inhofe, who dismisses global warming as a hoax and famously tossed a snowball on the Senate floor to prove his point, hailed Wheeler's ascension to EPA chief.

If the rights of religious conservatives like him aren't protected, Pruitt said darkly, "it leads to anarchy, it leads to rebellion", something he said would happen in the coming decades.

"Pruitt abused power in a disgraceful way by using the job for perks and trying to enrich himself and his family", Hurlbut told GTM.

Wheeler also had a number of other high-profile clients in the energy sector, according to the Washington Post, and many of these companies have an interest in the regulations Wheeler will now make decisions about as acting head of the EPA.

Before he joined Faegre Baker Daniels in 2009, Wheeler spent 14 years as a staffer for Sen.

"We would have meetings (about) what we were going to take off on the official schedule".

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