Scott Pruitt Resigns as EPA Chief BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI AFP Getty Images 5 Jul 2018Washington DC
10 July, 2018, 16:45
"As for Mr. Andrew Wheeler, I have not had any contact with Mr. Wheeler since he became Deputy Administrator of the U.S. EPA and, as such, we are unable to provide any further comment".
The senator was also a supporter of Pruitt, according to the Times, and Wheeler's rise demonstrates the growing influence of a group of former Inhofe staff members across the Trump administration and Washington including Ryan Jackson, who is now the EPA's chief of staff. Over the past 18 months, the EPA has made tremendous progress in ensuring that Americans have access to affordable and reliable energy.
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.
However, Brune calls Wheeler "a coal lobbyist dogged by ethical questions".
He also has close ties to the coal industry from lobbying and has the black mark of having worked for Sen. "There are assumptions made that because the climate is warming that necessarily is a bad thing". When Wheeler was confirmed, Pruitt praised him in a statement, writing, "Andrew Wheeler has spent his entire career advancing sound environmental policies and I look forward to him bringing his expertise and leadership to the agency".
The grassroots environmental group is active in Waukegan, with one of its main missions being focused on moving the city away from coal-fired energy.
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The duration of Wheeler's tenure at the EPA is uncertain. "Make no mistake: We'll fight Wheeler's pollution agenda with the same vigor as we did Pruitt's".
But this less flashy style is unlikely to endear him to environmental groups that had been critical of Pruitt.
Not only was Scott Pruitt corrupt as hell, but he's also clearly insane.
"Given Pruitt's complete failure to protect our clean air and water, and with 13 open federal investigations into his work, the only question is why this took so long". "And we implore him to honor the bipartisan history of environmentalism from Republicans Theodore Roosevelt and Richard Nixon through modern administrations by nominating a true protector of the environment - so that his children and grandchildren, as well as ours, can inherit an Earth worth inheriting". Wheeler was serving as a lobbyist for Murray Energy at the time. "The independent and experienced leader cared deeply about the future of the agency and restored its effectiveness". Some of those omitted meetings included a dinner Pruitt attended at a restaurant within Trump International Hotel with coal executive Joseph Craft as well as meetings with Cardinal George Pell, who weeks later was charged with multiple historical charges of sexual offenses, charges Pell denies. Last October the EPA ended the agency's "sue and settle" policy that would create "regulation through litigation".