President Elect Donald Trump’s latest pick to head the E.PA. has liberal heads exploding. Here are five fast facts about Oklahoma’s attorney general, Scott Pruitt, that explain why:
Pruitt is a “Climate Change Denier”. That means he doesn’t buy into the anthropological global warming
religion hoax perpetrated by Al Gore and the phony baloney climate cultists (a.k.a. scientific researchers) who started “Climategate” over at East Anglia. Earlier this year Pruitt wrote in National Review “Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind. That debate should be encouraged — in classrooms, public forums, and the halls of Congress. It should not be silenced with threats of prosecution. Dissent is not a crime.” Such encouragement of dissent enrages liberals who believe climate deniers should be rounded up and interned in government-run reeducation camps.
Pruitt has been a huge critic of Obama’s climate change agenda. At least one liberal environmental think tank in Washington believes Pruitt “could be the most hostile E.P.A. administrator toward clean air and safe drinking water in history.”
Pruitt has coordinated legal push back against Obama’s EPA. Worse than being a critic, Pruitt has had the audacity to mount legal challenges to Obama’s agenda at the EPA. He showed an “increasing effort to delegate environmental regulations away from the federal government and towards the states.” (the nerve!) As Oklahoma’s attorney general, “Mr. Pruitt created a ‘federalism unit’ in his office, explicitly designed to fight President Obama’s health care law and environmental regulations.” He has participated in filing antiregulatory lawsuits against the EPA.
The Fossil Fuel crowd loves Scott Pruitt.
“Attorney General Scott Pruitt has long been a defender of states’ rights and a vocal opponent of the current administration’s overreaching E.P.A.,” said Laura Sheehan, a spokeswoman for the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, which works on behalf of the coal industry. “Mr. Pruitt will be a significant voice of reason when it comes to energy and environmental regulations.”
Senator Bernie Sanders believes Pruitt’s nomination is dangerous.
“At a time when climate change is the great environmental threat to the entire planet, it is sad and dangerous that Mr. Trump has nominated Scott Pruitt to lead the E.P.A. The American people must demand leaders who are willing to transform our energy system away from fossil fuels. I will vigorously oppose this nomination.”
Sanders, the failed DNC presidential candidate and independent of Vermont sits on the committee that must confirm Scott Pruitt’s nomination.
The right man for the job. Trump has threatened to dismantle the E.P.A., saying “We are going to get rid of it in almost every form.” The New York Times concludes that Pruitt may be the right man to do just that