Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Resigns

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Resigns

With a top coal lobbyist stepping in to serve as acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), few people are expecting Scott Pruitt's resignation to slow down the Trump administration's efforts to deal a knock-out blow to the agency's ability to protect the environment.

His deputy Andrew Wheeler will take over as acting head of the agency, Mr Trump said.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt after announcing his decision for the United States to pull out of the Paris climate agreement in the Rose Garden at the White House June 1, 2017 in Washington, DC.

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". "We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!"

The senator praised Wheeler past year when he was nominated to the EPA deputy administrator post, saying, "there is no one more qualified than Andrew to help Scott Pruitt restore EPA to its proper size and scope".

Pruitt's EPA has also put restrictions on environmental science and is in the process of weakening federal fuel economy standards. The reason Pruitt persisted so long is the same reason why his environmentalist foes shouldn't break out the organic Champagne: The administrator was doing exactly what his boss wanted. The Washington Post reported Pruitt had aides try to get her a job at the Republican Attorneys General Association with a salary topping $200,000. It's still unclear. What we do know: His replacement, Andrew Wheeler, holds views similar to Pruitt's.

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Mink, a schoolteacher and mother of a 2-year-old son, set social media ablaze earlier this week after she posted a video of her calmly asking Pruitt to resign while he was eating lunch at a Washington restaurant.

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. "But we will continue to fight back against whoever is next in line to rip up our environmental protections, and we will continue to win". Wheeler is a career consultant, energy lobbyist and political aid.

He also tasked members of his staff with personal assignments, including finding him another apartment, getting his tickets to sporting events and trying to help his wife find a job.

Wheeler was only marginally approved as EPA deputy in April.

Though Trump promised he would drain the swamp when he took over the White House, Pruitt set new swampy records in town, which is saying a lot.

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) was Pruitt's mentor and staunch supporter until he could no longer face the endless ethical transgressions of his former protege.

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