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EPA: Pruitt out, Wheeler in

Although Scott Pruitt has resigned as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency amid personal scandal, his replacement— a former coal lobbyist—will likely continue his polices, the Associated Press reports.

According to the report, Andrew Wheeler’s positions on climate change, science and transparency and coal fall right in line with Pruitt and the Trump administration’s beliefs, based on his public statements on the issues.

Wheeler has a history of playing down the role that human’s use of coal, oil and other sources of greenhouse-gas emissions play a role in climate change; and while working as an energy adviser to the Trump campaign, he defended the president’s claims Michigan, missed out on over 50,000 jobs because of canceled or delayed projects involving coal, according to the report which notes that he worked for the EPA before during the early 1990s, dealing with toxic substances, public disclosure of environmental risks, and other issues.

Reader comments

Thu, Jul 12, 2018

Bad air, water and marginal clean up of super fund sites are on its way again, similar to Ann Gorsuch and her minion deputy Rita Lavelle who paid chemical companies to clean up their mess because they knew where they were. Make America a place for polluted air and water again. A third world nation with its share of health issues is on the horizon. Maybe Scotty Pruitt will be selling his own brand of fracking water extract called Pond Scum Dwellers Reserve.

Wed, Jul 11, 2018

Scott Pruitt epitome of pond scum ... must have taken webinars on scum pond ethics and behavior from congress and senate.

Tue, Jul 10, 2018

His cell should be next to Hillary.

Tue, Jul 10, 2018 Puregoldj Bethesda, MD

They are going to need Superfund to clean up the swamp left by Scott Pruitt, one of the most corrupt and unethical public officials ever. That is of course, if Superfund has any funding from this administration... His replacement is, of course, a lobbyist for the coal and oil industries that he is supposed to be regulating, as well as a climate change denier. Not expecting anything in the area of environmental protection from this administration.

Tue, Jul 10, 2018

Scott Pruitt is and always will be the epitome of bottom dwelling pond and swamp scum. It is time he is taken to court fined heavily and put in prison with some of San Quentin's finest. Maybe he could teach an ethics class. It seems that political appointees and management minions think they are above the laws set by the civil service system. In fact those should be showing their career employees the utility of honesty and integrity. But since we have the same slime dwelling individuals in congress and senate nothing will change.

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