Scott Pruitt is the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He is an attorney and previously was the attorney general for Oklahoma. Leftists consider his appointment to be “an assault on President Obama’s climate change and environmental legacy.” This appointment has sort of an irony because he “has spent much of his energy as attorney general fighting the very agency he is being nominated to lead.”
Trump’s transition team called Pruitt “an expert in Constitutional law.” They said that Pruitt was chosen to rein in the “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.” Trump said that Pruitt “will reverse this trend and restore the EPA’s essential mission of keeping our air and our water clean and safe.” Trump added that his administration “strongly believes in environmental protection, and Scott Pruitt will be a powerful advocate for that mission while promoting jobs, safety and opportunity.”
Pruitt’s statement is quoted as follows: “The American people are tired of seeing billions of dollars drained from our economy due to unnecessary EP regulations, and I intend to run this agency in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the environment and freedom for American businesses.”
Well, Pruitt is apparently doing the job for which he was appointed because calls are coming for him to leave his post. Rachel del Guidice at The Daily Signal says that the complaints concern “his first-class travel, Washington living arrangements, and staff salaries.” Pruitt, of course, has defended his methods of correcting problems at the agency. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) wants Pruitt to step down because he has brought a “culture of corruption, cronyism and incompetence” to the EPA.
It is a miracle that Pelosi did not choke on the above statement since the Democrat Party is full of “corruption, cronyism and incompetence.” For a change, Republicans are apparently circling their wagons around Pruitt. According to del Guidice, there is a “growing number of conservative leaders and GOP lawmakers are voicing their support” for him.
The Conservative Action Project released a letter Friday with 113 signatures of conservative leaders calling on President Donald Trump to keep Pruitt in the administration.
“Conservatives stand behind Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency … and thank him for the significant actions he has taken to implement President Trump’s deregulatory agenda,” the letter read. “President Trump campaigned on reducing Washington’s bureaucracy, and Administrator Pruitt has been instrumental to that effort.”
So it appears that leftists are trying to drive Pruitt out of the position because he is deregulating the EPA and freeing Americans from its grasp. Conservatives, on the hand, like what he is doing and are supporting him. It is nice to see Republicans come out in support of a fellow party member because it happens so seldom.