Scott Pruitt is an Environmental Disaster in the Making

"If [Pruitt] makes that about-face, I will graciously apologize and send him chocolates", she said.

Pruitt, along with several other Republican attorneys general, has always been hostile to the federal government, calling policies such as the Clean Water Act unwarranted intrusion into state affairs.

Meanwhile, Trump himself is a climate change skeptic who has also said he cares deeply about nature and clean air.

As Senator Jeff Merkley put it to Pruitt, "a public office is about serving the public...but you used your office as a direct extension of an oil company rather than a direct extension of the interests of the public health of the people of Oklahoma".

Pruitt has taken tens of thousands of dollars in donations from oil and gas companies. Pruitt touted a "cooperative federalism" approach that he would prioritize as agency administrator.

Karowe says Pruitt's acknowledgement that climate change is not a hoax falls short of acknowledging that humans are the main cause of climate change. In a 2016 opinion article, Pruitt suggested that the debate over global warming “is far from settled” and he claimed that “scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind.”.

It was a debate that Sen.

Pruitt also joined a multistate lawsuit opposing the Obama administration's plan to limit planet-warming carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, and he recently sued the EPA over its recent expansion of water bodies regulated under the Clean Water Act. Revoking California's waiver "would really be a setback for the fight for a clean environment and for mitigating the worst of climate change". One member of the nomination committee is Bernie Sanders, who promises to "vigorously oppose this nomination".

The fireworks went off at climate change.

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But, Republicans on the committee said they were hopeful Pruitt could lead the EPA in a new direction.

"[Pruitt] knows how to enforce regulations in a way that values economic opportunity, while simultaneously protecting the health and safety of the American people", Cole said in a statement released last month.

Energy secretary nominee Rick Perry said Thursday that he believes the "climate is changing" and that "some of it is naturally occurring, but some of it is also caused by man made activity" - and also brought up the economic issue. Kamala Harris about a federally-approved waiver that allows California to set stricter emissions standards than the federal requirement, Pruitt did not commit to upholding that policy. Pressed by Markey and Sen.

Asked about the water crisis in Flint, Pruitt said he had not "looked at the scientific research" about what constitutes risky levels of lead exposure.

Pruitt's confirmation is expected in the Republican-controlled Congress along party lines, despite opposition from Democrats including Sen. There are substantive requirements, obligations, authority, jurisdiction granted to the states under our environmental statutes.

"To me that's a cop-out", Franken said. "It's not an either-or proposition", he said. It's not the job of the administrator or the EPA to do anything other than administer the program according to the intent of Congress. "We are concerned that Mr. Pruitt does not seem to appreciate this critical role that E.P.A. plays", the group wrote. Cole has asserted that being pro-business and pro-environment are not mutually exclusive and believes Pruitt will help eliminate overreaching regulation.

Pruitt is expected to be confirmed by January.

EPA rules to regulate the emissions of ozone and particulate matter from power plants are expected to prevent 15,000 heart attacks, 400,000 asthma attacks and 34,000 premature deaths in the eastern US, including 60 in ME, each year. "Instead, a regulator ought to follow the law in setting up the rules so those who are regulated can plan and allocate resources to meet the standards versus operating in a state of uncertainty and duress". USA government agencies said on Wednesday that world temperatures in 2016 hit a record high for the third year in a row.