According to press reports, President-elect Trump has chosen Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. Environment Texas Director, Luke Metzger, issued the following statement in response:
“We need an Environmental Protection Agency Administrator who protects our environmental laws, is guided by science when crafting and implementing policy, puts public health ahead of dirty energy special interests, and has the qualifications necessary to safeguard the American public from climate change. President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt meets none of those criteria.
Scott Pruitt is a main party to several lawsuits against the very agency he would be in charge of. He denies the science of climate change and he has numerous close ties to polluters. Americans need an EPA administrator who will fight to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink and the planet we love. Scott Pruitt fails on all these accounts.”