by Steve Milloy, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow & Junkscience.com Publisher
As Appearing in USA Today
What Pruitt is really ‘guilty’ of is reining in the rogue Environmental Protection Agency
President Trump should ignore calls to fire Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt. As mountains are made of molehills and double standards are everywhere, regulatory reform accomplishments are vilified for partisan reasons.
Yes, it seems that Pruitt made some avoidable but minor errors in judgment that he should have known would be blown out of proportion by opponents. But here’s what I weigh these trivial infractions against.
Executing on a President Obama campaign vow, the Obama EPA waged a partisan and junk science-fueled war against the coal industry. This gross abuse of power, combined with a glut of natural gas, erased 94% of the industry’s market value, bankrupted the largest companies, killed thousands of jobs, and wreaked havoc in local communities. By the time the Supreme Court reined in the agency, the damage was done. Instead of being chastised, Obama EPA chief Gina McCarthy publicly gloated about it.