Donald Trump preparing executive orders to reshape Environmental Protection Agency

Pablo Tucker
February 17, 2017

Additionally, reports re-emerged Wednesday that shortly after taking office at Oklahoma Attorney General, Pruitt wrote to the EPA claiming the agency was "significantly overestimating" methane pollution from multiple fracking operations in his state (that have also led to a huge upsurge in earthquakes in Oklahoma).

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved Pruitt's nomination two weeks ago after Democrats boycotted the vote over concerns about Pruitt's environmental record. Hundreds of current and former EPA employees are urging a "no" vote, and the watchdog group Center for Media and Democracy has sued Pruitt in a move to get him to release records detailing his communications with energy companies.

The Senate Democrats wanted to wait until after an Oklahoma judge ruled on an open records lawsuit over emails between the nominee and fossil fuel industry executives.

In his confirmation hearing, Pruitt notably said that he did not believe that climate change was a hoax. Tom Carper, Delaware Democrat, said on the floor of the Senate just before the vote.

I have met at length with Mr. Pruitt, who is an accomplished attorney with considerable knowledge about environmental laws.

Collins said she does not agree with every EPA regulation and has "found the agency hard to work with". "Mr. Pruitt engaged with the industries that he will be responsible for regulating if he is confirmed as Administrator in ways that would compromise his ability to carry out his duties with the complete impartiality required".

"Thousands of Mainers - including leading scientists, doctors, lobstermen and constituents from around the state - expressed opposition and alarm to a Pruitt-led EPA", she said in a written statement.

In 2014, a New York Times investigation revealed that Pruitt sent letters to the EPA, the Department of Interior and President Obama arguing against the administration's environmental regulations. We are so proud of our Senators, Senator Susan Collins and Senator Angus King for rejecting President Trump's nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. As the only member of her party to thus far make this commitment, we want Senator Collins to know that we have her back on this issue. Tammy Duckworth of IL and other party colleagues, are unlikely to cause Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to delay the final vote on Pruitt.

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