Trump picks oil industry ally and global warming skeptic for EPA


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President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Scott Pruitt, to run the EPA.

An ally to the fossil fuel industry, Pruitt has aggressively fought against environmental regulations, becoming one of a number of attorneys general to craft a 28-state lawsuit against the Obama administration’s rules to curb carbon emissions. The case is currently awaiting a decision from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, which heard oral arguments in September.

Pruitt, who questions the impact of climate change, along with Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, penned an op-ed in the Tulsa World earlier this year that called criticism they’ve received “un-American.” “Healthy debate is the lifeblood of American democracy, and global warming has inspired one of the major policy debates of our time,” states the op-ed. “That debate is far from settled. Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind… Dissent is not a crime.”

Not surprisingly, environmentalists have already begun the campaign to destroy him, based on the quotes at the link.

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4 comments

  • fred k

    Wow. That’s fantastic.

    I’m really, really sick of being called a denier.

    Drain the swamp. I hope that NASA and NOAA start releasing real, uncorrected data. Let the real scientific debate happen.

  • Steve Earle

    As Joe Bastardi (Weatherbell) says: It’s the Sun, stupid! And the Oceans, which are heat sinks for the Sun…. All other influences pale in comparison.

    Joe does a great free daily update and he is upfront when the temps or the sea-ice are out of the norm. He makes a point of saying he follows the science not the ideology.

    Joe’s site, Bob’s here at BTB, and WattsUpWithThat are three of my go-to sources for honest reporting. The fact that all of them have been called names and labeled “Deniers” by supposed Scientists is very disturbing.

    If the EPA had any integrity they wouldn’t be worried about their jobs now. The question is whether the corruption and radical ideology is so deep seated that the only solution is to do away with the agency. I believe it is.

    If Trump only re-shuffles or only replaces the Admin then the EPA will come back even worse under the next “True Believer”.

    Again, I hope Trump is reading you Bob! Get rid of the EPA, the IRS, the DOE (both of them!), or like Zombies they will come back to bite us again….

  • Jim Jakoubek

    1970’s: Global cooling. We are all going to die! 1990’s: Global warming. We are all going to die!
    2000’s: Climate Change! It does not matter! The climate is changing and we are all going to die
    first by 2050 and then by 2100 unless we do something about it NOW!

    Really hoping sanity returns under Trump.

  • Frank

    I hope the IRS is next

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