by Anna Simet and Ron Kotrba
In a 54-46 vote, Scott Pruitt has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as administrator of the U.S. EPA. President Donald J. Trump nominated Pruitt—arguably the most controversial of Trump’s cabinet nominees—as EPA administrator in early December. Pruitt was attorney general of Oklahoma since November 2010. Prior to that, he served eight years in the Oklahoma senate.
Pruitt has been designated a climate change denier by the environmental community, has fought implementation of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, and has been a staunch critic of the EPA…
Craig E. Richardson, president of the Energy & Environment Legal Institute, welcomed Pruitt’s confirmation. “Under a reformed EPA, Americans will see much-needed balance returned to an agency that has moved well beyond its Constitutional authority and imposed costly, unnecessary job-killing regulations on American businesses and workers, and created skyrocketing electricity costs for our families.”