Trump’s pick for EPA chief testifies before Congress

Donald Trump’s pick to head the EPA Scott Pruitt testifies before the Senate Environment Committee. The Oklahoma Attorney General has been criticized as a climate change denier and a staunch fossil fuel ally.
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Fossil fuel shill Scott Pruitt HATES the EPA. He has sued the agency multiple times. If you can’t beat ‘em, join em. Or in this case, get put in charge of ‘em. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

“President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil and gas-intensive state of Oklahoma, to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a move signaling an assault on President Obama’s climate change and environmental legacy.

Pruitt has spent much of his energy as attorney general fighting the very agency he is being nominated to lead.

He is the third of Trump’s appointees who have key philosophical differences with the missions of the agencies they have been tapped to run. Ben Carson, named to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development, has expressed a deep aversion to the social safety net programs and fair housing initiatives that have been central to that agency’s activities. Betsy DeVos, named education secretary, has a passion for private school vouchers that critics say undercut the public school systems at the core of the government’s mission.

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

Pruitt, who has written that the debate on climate change is “far from settled,” joined a coalition of state attorneys general in suing the agency’s Clean Power Plan, the principal Obama-era policy aimed at reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions from the electricity sector. He has also sued, with fellow state attorneys general, over the EPA’s recently announced regulations seeking to curtail the emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, from the oil and gas sector.”*

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20 thoughts on “Trump’s pick for EPA chief testifies before Congress”

  1. I love it no more EPA. We want Diesel midsize trucks and cars in the USA we need the same EPA laws as in Australia

  2. Enter assholes who don't care about Earth because heaven awaits. IDIOTS!! Your great-grandchildren are fucked, idiots!

  3. Pruitt is the best choice, jus review your facts and wait, he will do incredible things with this position! Go Scott!!

  4. In a land of bought politicians, we must adapt to band together and buy our own politicians by pouring in millions to their bank accounts and tell them to do what WE want. That or get money out of politics and stop voting for them

  5. People here in Oklahoma that have been paying attention are outraged at the fact that he is using his public position to work against the public. He makes the big money here happy, but puts at risk communities that need mitigation of the damages of arsenic in our water.

  6. Everyone, you CAN make a difference! Start at home, cut your consumption, purchase energy efficient cars. Join a local grassroots movement and educate… if there isn't a local group START one. We can't set back and expect someone to lead the way and do nothing. Work locally, you can make an impact. 👌

  7. Fantastic news. Multimillionaires will no longer profit from tax breaks for deadbeat windmills, solar panels and the other shitty regressive technologies that are destroying western economies. Without the US playing ball, the whole sack of green shit will fall apart.

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