Sunday, 22 July, 2018

Scott Pruitt resigns at EPA; Andrew Wheeler to take over

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Frank Williams | 06 July, 2018, 04:58

Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency who has repeatedly demonstrated he cares nearly as little about the environment as he does about ethics, has resigned, according to tweets from Donald Trump because that's just how political news is delivered now.

"I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency", Trump said on Twitter.

Trump told reporters on Air Force One on Thursday en route to Montana that Pruitt "did an outstanding job" and resigned of his own accord. "In the meantime, I know Assistant Administrator Andrew Wheeler is well prepared to continue the progress already made under President Trump". He's been investigated for undertaking expensive, first-class worldwide travel with a large detail, and for spending $43,000 to build a soundproof phone booth in his office. The person in charge of the EPA's FOIA staff, which has slow-walked and obstructed FOIA requests, is a political ally of Pruitt's and the former treasurer of his PAC.

But he then said, "the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us". In June, he told the Washington Examiner that he liked his current job and did not want to run the EPA.

Although Pruitt's exit had always been expected, a member of Pruitt's staff told Newsmax an hour before Trump's tweet that "he's not going anywhere anytime soon". All tolerated because Trump liked his zealotry. The reason Pruitt persisted so long is the same reason why his environmentalist foes shouldn't break out the organic Champagne: The administrator was doing exactly what his boss wanted.

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.

Baddiel and Skinner celebrate as England beat Colombia on penalties
They're enjoying the tournament, and we're looking forward now to preparing for the quarter-final". " Jordan (Pickford ) is a fantastic goalkeeper and deserves everything, ' Dier added".

"This man is directly and significantly harming my child's - and every child's - health and future with decisions to roll back environmental regulations for the benefit of big corporations, while he uses taxpayer money to fund a lavish lifestyle", wrote Mink, whose Facebook page identifies her as a high school teacher.

He also ordered the installation of a secure telephone cabin in his Washington office at the cost of US$43,000, which critics found excessive.

The acting chief is known for being highly effective in his work and avoiding the sorts of personal scandals that consumed Pruitt.

The EPA under Pruitt has come under intense media scrutiny for accusations of ethics violations, including private jet travel, contacts with energy executives, and trying to find his wife a job. Some 170 lawmakers signed a resolution calling for Pruitt to resign.

Mr Pruitt is the subject of at least a dozen investigations into his conduct. Andrew worked for me for 14 years, has an impeccable reputation and has the experience to be a strong leader at the EPA.

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