by Tom DiChristopher
HOUSTON — Clips of President Donald Trump extolling the virtues of fossil fuels played over a bed of soaring music, in the well-appointed hotel ballroom, as images of coal miners and the Statue of Liberty flashed across the screen.
When the video came to a close, the audience erupted in applause and the conservative energy conference began…
Steve Milloy, an author who runs the climate denial website junkscience.com, laid out an eight-point plan to reform the EPA. His proposals include requiring Congressional approval and judicial review of major EPA regulations.
Milloy, also an EPA transition team member, lauded Pruitt’s decision to ban scientists who receive EPA grants from serving on the agency’s science advisory panels. Critics contend the rule was engineered to sweep away qualified scientists and clear spots for industry-friendly members that Pruitt has appointed to the boards.