Thursday, December 8, 2016

One of EPA's biggest foes nominated to run agency

As we have reported, President-elect Donald Trump has picked Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. And far-left environmentalists, who have used the EPA for decades as a weapon against production agriculture and other industries, aren't happy.

From the Environmental Defense Fund (HT: Gateway Pundit):
Pruitt, who met with President-elect Donald Trump in New York on Nov. 28, has used his current position to try to block some of the EPA’s most important air-quality rules.

On his own LinkedIn page, he boasts that he “led the charge with repeated notices and subsequent lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their [sic] leadership’s activist agenda.”

Tries to block every EPA rule he sees

Since becoming Oklahoma’s top legal officer in 2011, Pruitt has sued the EPA to stop vital protections for public health – including standards for reducing soot and smog pollution that crosses interstate lines; protections against emissions of mercury, arsenic, acid gases and other toxic pollutants from power plants; and standards to improve air quality in national parks and wilderness areas. Each time he failed.

These common-sense efforts to cut pollution will save lives, prevent dangerous brain-development issues in children, reduce asthma attacks and increase productivity. Yet, Attorney General Pruitt has apparently never seen an EPA rule that didn’t prompt him to run to court to have it blocked.

Not surprisingly, Pruitt has also questioned “the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind.”
Obviously, Trump is looking at reforming the EPA, which many in agriculture believe is badly in need of reform. What's Upstream, anyone? Here's a look at Pruitt's press release page. He's certainly no Kamala Harris.

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