Trump Taps Scott Pruitt for EPA
Headline Roundup December 8th, 2016
Trump has chosen Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), placing someone who questions the science of climate change—and who has fought the agency as a state official. Proponents say Scott is a respected leader who will bring EPA back to its central mission of clean air and clean water.
Donald Trump tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, as environmental groups and Democratic lawmakers denounced the selection of a state official who has sued the agency he is now slated to lead.
Trump said "For too long, the EPA has spent taxpayer dollars on an out-of-control anti-energy agenda that has destroyed millions of jobs, while also undermining our incredible farmers and many other businesses and industries at every turn. As my EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, the highly respected Attorney General from the state of Oklahoma, will reverse this trend and restore the EPA's essential mission of keeping our air and our water clean and safe."
Every newly elected President is entitled to assemble the management team of his choice. That is why, of the roughly 1,000 senior administration officials requiring a Senate confirmation, the vast majority are confirmed by a simple voice vote.