After Praising Pruitt's Resignation, Left Insists Andrew Wheeler Is Worse

Posted July 07, 2018

President Trump's embattled chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, resigned Thursday.

As acting EPA head, "Andrew Wheeler is well prepared to continue the progress already made under President Trump", Barrasso added. He said he hadn't had any contact with Wheeler since he took the EPA job, and called Pruitt's departure "unfortunate for America".

"However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us", he wrote.

One current and one former EPA official told Politico that Pruitt's appointees are stonewalling the report's release "every step of the way" over concerns that the report's release would have a negative impact on businesses that use the chemical.

"I don't think there was any question of effectiveness of Scott Pruitt, and I think Andrew [Wheeler] will be in the same lane", Dempsey said.

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Mink said she hopes her lunchtime interaction with Pruitt "empowers everyone who'd like to speak to their public officials - if you have something to say, say it". Wheeler also represented Underwriters Laboratories, which does testing and certification for the EPA among other organizations; Xcel Energy; and Insurance Auto Auctions, a salvaged vehicle company, according to his financial disclosure form.

Kieran Suckling, from America's Centre for Biological Diversity, said: "Despite his brief tenure, Pruitt was the worst EPA chief in history".

He's been investigated for undertaking expensive, first-class global travel with a large detail, and for spending $43,000 to build a soundproof phone booth in his office. His most prominent former client, coal magnate Robert E. Murray, is an aggressive opponent of important air-pollution rules that the Obama EPA tried to impose and that Mr. Pruitt began the process of ripping up.

Wheeler is no stranger to the EPA.

Pruitt's resignation came a week after several of his top aides spoke to the House Oversight Committee, which has been investigating Pruitt, and revealed new details of some of the ethical scandals that mired his time at EPA.

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In the past couple of months, almost 40,000 Care2 members signed a petition urging Trump to fire Pruitt - and honestly, who knows if Pruitt left on his own accord?

But despite boasts of slashing red tape and promoting job creation, Pruitt had a mixed record of producing real-world results.

Murray Energy employees contributed $103,580 to Trump's campaign committee during the 2016 presidential race, more than those from any other company, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group.

He has been under scrutiny for renting an apartment with ties to a fossil fuels lobbyist.

Kristin Mink, a Maryland teacher, made headlines earlier this week when she confronted Scott Pruitt while holding her two-year-old son in a Washington, D.C. restaruant, urging him to resign.

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"It has become increasingly challenging for the EPA to carry out its mission with the administrator under investigation", said Barrasso, who is from Wyoming.