Scott Pruitt

Fred Krupp, president of the the Environmental Defense Fund, wrote in an opinion piece in the New York Daily News about President-elect Donald Trump's selection of Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency 

Trump's EPA Pick a Disaster for Air and Water

December 8, 2016

Scott Pruitt

Fred Krupp, president of the the Environmental Defense Fund, wrote in an opinion piece in the New York Daily News about President-elect Donald Trump's selection of Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency:

Why Scott Pruitt is such a threat: Trump's EPA pick would be a disaster for the air we breathe and water we drink
December 7, 2016

Fred Krupp (EDF)Fred Krupp is a member of the Atkinson Center's External Advisory Board.

Every newly elected President is entitled to assemble the management team of his choice. That is why, of the roughly 1,000 senior administration officials requiring a Senate confirmation, the vast majority are confirmed by a simple voice vote.

But what if the President-elect nominates someone whose career has been dedicated to undermining the agency he has been chosen to lead, and opposing the laws he would be asked to enforce?

That is the situation now that President-elect Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt has a record of opposing many of the clean air, clean water and environmental health protections that Americans overwhelmingly support.

These protections are the bedrock of this country’s environmental legacy. Protecting them is EPA’s job. Since its creation almost 50 years ago under Republican President Richard Nixon, EPA has focused on improving the lives of American families. And it has been very good at its job. As the U.S. economy has expanded, our air and water has become dramatically cleaner — and the economic benefits have outweighed the costs by as much as 30 to 1. This is an American success story... (read more)

 

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