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Celebrate! Pruitt Is (FINALLY) Out of the EPA!

07 July 2018

As with Pruitt, many on the Left find his views on climate change and environmental regulation disheartening.

Under Andrew Wheeler, the EPA is unlikely to change course.

Pruitt made no mention of the various ethics complaints in his resignation letter, instead praising Trump for having "blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated".

Pruitt's resignation came a week after several of his top aides spoke to the House Oversight Committee, which has been investigating Pruitt, and revealed new details of some of the ethical scandals that mired his time at EPA. His designated successor, Andrew Wheeler, is at least as firmly tied to the carbon-based energy industry as Pruitt. President Donald Trump made the announcement on Twitter. Under Pruitt's leadership, she said, the EPA now is focused on the mission it is supposed to have - one that is friendlier to industry.

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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.

Scandal-hit Scott Pruitt has resigned as head of the US Environmental Protection Agency.

The departure marked a precipitous fall for Pruitt, who during his roughly 16 months in office took steps to reverse more than a dozen major Obama-era regulations and overhauled key elements of the agency's approach to scientific research. Hurlbut, who has first-hand knowledge of Wheeler's work, said he disagrees with the acting EPA chair on policy matters, but acknowledged that Wheeler is generally well respected. "Wheeler is ethically compromised", said a statement by Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, an environmental campaign group, back in April. In fact, Wheeler's years working in both the federal government and the private sector mean he could be even more effective than his predecessor. "Andrew worked for me for 14 years, has an impeccable reputation and has the experience to be a strong leader at the EPA", Inhofe said.

"It is extremely hard for me to cease serving you in this role", Pruitt's letter to President Trump reads. Widespread disgust for Pruitt "should serve as a blaring red siren for the Trump administration", Udall said.

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For additional commentary on Pruitt and Wheeler, listen to this recent episode of GTM's newest podcast Political Climate.

And then Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY.), who ad agreed to have Pruitt appear before his committee in August, weighed in.

The list of accusations levelled against the 50-year-old EPA chief had grown nearly too long to itemise.

"Pruitt abused power in a disgraceful way by using the job for perks and trying to enrich himself and his family", Hurlbut told GTM. "We'll give him the opportunity to tell his side of the story". Many questioned the ethics of him renting an apartment in Washington, D.C., from the wife of an energy lobbyist and traveling frequently to his home state of Oklahoma on the taxpayers' dime. "Americans will not tolerate another EPA administrator whose primary goal is to fight the core mission of the EPA".

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Celebrate! Pruitt Is (FINALLY) Out of the EPA!