Last month, while praising Pruitt's "fantastic job" at the EPA, the president admitted, "I'm not happy about certain things, I'll be honest". Now he will be at a very high-ranking position at the EPA, where he will be in a position to make lots of decisions that could benefit his former clients.
() - Mr. President, it has been an honor to serve you in the Cabinet as Administrator of the EPA. According to his former biography on the state of Oklahoma's official website, Pruitt was a "leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda".
Under Pruitt, the EPA "rolled back punishing regulations that were hurting American workers and stifling our economy", Barrasso said. Pruitt proposed a year ago to repeal a key climate-change regulation of President Barack Obama's administration, which aimed to reduce emissions of carbon-trapping gases from coal-fired power plants.
Pruitt and his activities have been the subject of numerous investigations by the EPA's inspector general, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Government Accountability Office, the White House Office of Management and Budget, and the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.
In 2017, just months before being nominated as deputy administrator, Wheeler was still lobbing for Murray Energy, a major coal mining company that has paid millions in fines and penalties for contaminating waterways in Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania with coal slurry and discharge. And while in the Senate, he worked for Sen.
Senator Inhofe, who dismisses global warming as a hoax and famously tossed a snowball on the Senate floor to prove his point, hailed Wheeler's ascension to EPA chief.
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On its website, the Robinson Helicopter Co., said its R44 models are "high performing, reliable and easy to maintain". The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) are still investigating the cause of the accident.
"In 1983, after a series of ethics violations plagued the EPA, President Reagan turned to Bill Ruckleshaus to lead the agency", Kimmell says in a statement.
Murray Energy's CEO, Robert Murray, has been a loyal supporter of Trump.
As a lobbyist for EFI, Wheeler was present at a meeting he helped arrange in July 2017 with officials from the Department of Interior, according to emails obtained by the Sierra Club through the Freedom of Information Act, and confirmed by Wheeler to CNN. Wheeler acknowledged he attended but said he couldn't remember any details. If the Democrats take control of the Senate, Wheeler or another candidate with similar pro-industry views likely would not be able to win confirmation.
Sen. Tom Udall (D) of New Mexico called Wheeler a "climate denier" who "has spent much of his political career lobbying for the big polluters EPA regulates".
Whether it's Wheeler or someone else, Brandy Doyle, campaign manager for social change network CREDO, said her group has no doubt Trump will appoint another "fossil fuel industry stooge as Pruitt's replacement". "Americans will not tolerate another EPA administrator whose primary goal is to fight the core mission of the EPA".
Pruitt has been embroiled in controversy throughout his tenure as administrator over his expenditures.
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