Dems, Greens gear up for fight against Trump EPA Pick
The Hill, Devin Henry, 12/7/2016
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity said it was “pleased” with Pruitt.
“General Pruitt will be a strong advocate for sensible policies that are good for our environment, as well as mindful of the need for affordable and reliable electricity,” Paul Bailey, the group’s senior vice president for policy, said.
Trump will nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the agency down what is set to be a road of roll-backs and deregulation. Pruitt has been a frequent litigant against Obama administration climate rules, and both he and Trump have questioned the science of climate change.
A transition official confirmed the choice to The Hill on Wednesday.
“We’re certainly going to draw a line in the sand,” said Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), a member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. “This is the worst-case scenario when it comes to clean air and clean water, to nominate a climate denier to the agency charged with protecting our natural resources.”
Pruitt co-authored a piece in the Tulsa World in May that said the debate over climate “is far from settled.” Scientists, he said, “continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), an EPW member, said he will “vigorously” oppose Pruitt.