Embattled Pruitt Out as EPA Chief

Embattled Pruitt Out as EPA Chief

President Donald Trump announced Thursday the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency amid numerous scandals. It's this notoriety and insider savvy that could make Wheeler unsafe; unlike Pruitt, who was relatively new to Washington when he took the job leading the EPA, Wheeler could continue to work closely with old friends. Speaking to reporters on Air Force One as he headed to a rally in Montana, Trump insisted that Pruitt had done "an outstanding job inside of the EPA" and there was "no final straw", adding: "It was very much up to him". Andrew Wheeler, Pruitt's deputy, will take over as acting administrator Monday, Trump said in the tweets. I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda. Emails obtained by the Sierra Club environmental group showed Mr Pruitt had an aide contact the chief executive of a fast-food chain about his wife becoming a franchise owner. For months he had ranked as a personal confidant and influential policy adviser to the president, commiserating with Trump over negative stories and indiscreet aides while praising the commander-in-chief for his intelligence and political acumen. The EPA also confirmed that Pruitt's security detail joined him on first-class flights, contributing to the high costs of his travel.

That Pruitt has lasted this long is likely attributable to his approach to running the EPA, which many Republicans like Putnam said was unnecessarily burdensome to business under Obama. Pruitt, who gave every appearance of being in the pocket of industry, spent large portions of his time denying the existence of climate change.

Two Democratic lawmakers asked the EPA's inspector general on Thursday to investigate new allegations that Administrator Scott Pruitt falsified his official schedule to hide or remove records of meetings or discussions with industry representatives.

While Ingraham has been a staunch and consistent supporter of the Trump administration more broadly, her criticism of Pruitt is nothing new. Many questioned the ethics of him renting an apartment in Washington, D.C., from the wife of an energy lobbyist and traveling frequently to his home state of Oklahoma on the taxpayers' dime.

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

Pruitt's EPA moved to rescind the Clean Water Rule, which clarified the Clean Water Act to prohibit industries from dumping pollutants into streams and wetlands.

Pruitt's replacement, deputy administrator Andrew K. Wheeler, is cut out of the same cloth, according to multiple news reports. Yet today it listed 17 major Pruitt scandals.

White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert resigned in April, a month after Rex Tillerson was sacked as secretary of state. "The environment doesn't need deregulation, we need more regulations to protect the environment. this should not be a partisan issue", she said.

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