Pruitt Was Told to Resign in Call From White House

Scott Pruitt

Scott Pruitt

James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican who's a major climate change skeptic and who told CNN past year the EPA is "brainwashing our kids".

Today, Donald Trump tweeted that the scandal-ridden director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, had finally resigned.

It makes sense that ex-Inhofe aides would populate EPA under a Republican administration, the lobbyist said, given Inhofe's long tenure as the top Republican on the Senate committee charged with overseeing the agency. The clearest indication of business as usual comes from Trump's own tweet announcing Wheeler's appointment as acting Administrator of EPA: "I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda".

"We are going to see a bigger battle in the Supreme Court; it's very, very likely we'll see someone in place at the Supreme Court before EPA", Ornstein said. Trump needs to nominate a new agency chief, and his choice would then have to be confirmed by the Senate, which may not happen by mid-term elections in November.

It's possible that Trump will decide to keep Wheeler on as EPA head, but his prospects might be hampered by anti-Trump social media posts that Wheeler made before the 2016 election. That closeness was evident previous year when Wheeler held a fundraiser for Inhofe, as well as for Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, which advanced Wheeler's nomination by a party-line 11-10 vote.

Democrats and environmental advocacy groups cheered the departure of Pruitt, a close ally of the fossil fuel industry who has often questioned mainstream climate change science.

Like Pruitt, Wheeler is a conservative who will seek to roll back rules governing clean air and water and fighting against climate change. But if he cares about his legacy, he should choose a new EPA administrator who will address the urgent climate and other environmental issues the country faces.

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Los brasileños, por historia y equipo equilibrado armado para este mundial , parten como favoritos para avanzar en esta serie. Finalmente, en 2006 se jugó el Mundial en Alemania , equipo que compartió semifinales con Francia , Italia y Portugal.

"I look forward to working with our next EPA administrator to protect the environmental interests of our district, which is the proud home of the Adirondacks".

Murray Energy's CEO, Robert Murray, has been a loyal supporter of Trump.

"There's definitely that fear" of a shake-up among Pruitt's remaining political appointees, said Kevin Chmielewski, the former deputy chief of staff who fell out of favour with Pruitt after questioning spending. When Wheeler was a lobbyist behind the scenes, it was easy for him to help industry erode the EPA's science-based mission of protecting public health and the environment. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, were the only Democrats to support Wheeler. All three face tough re-elections in states Trump won easily last fall.

California Democratic Sen. Kamala noted Wheeler's history as "a former coal lobbyist and climate-change denier", adding "The attempt to dismantle the EPA from the inside continues - we must continue to push back against efforts to harm our environment".

Widespread disgust for Pruitt "should serve as a blaring red siren for the Trump administration", Udall said.

Whistleblower Kevin Chmielewski, a longtime Trump campaign aide who served as deputy chief of staff for operations at the EPA, confirmed numerous allegations against Pruitt earlier this year.

On Thursday, Trump called Pruitt's top deputy Andrew Wheeler to inform him that he would be taking the helm of the agency, according to an individual who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

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