Scott Pruitt OUT at EPA

Marsha Scott
July 6, 2018

Both Pruitt and the lobbyist, Steven Hart, denied he had conducted any recent business with EPA.

During his one-year tenure, Pruitt crisscrossed the country at taxpayer expense to speak with industry groups and hobnob with GOP donors, but he showed little interest in listening to advocates he derided as "the environmental left". He just wanted what he could get in return.

Whistleblower Kevin Chmielewski, a longtime Trump campaign aide who served as deputy chief of staff for operations at the EPA, confirmed numerous allegations against Pruitt earlier this year.

"From moving to roll back strong fuel economy standards, to repealing the Clean Power Plan, to undermining chemical regulation, to suppressing climate science, to advocating for USA withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Scott Pruitt made the EPA stand for Every Polluter's Ally", he said in a statement. When it did, Democrats and environmentalists rejoiced as if the house had fallen on the wicked witch. "It was a secret. and they would decide what to nix from the public calendar". A Washington, D.C., restaurant whipped up a special cocktail for the occasion.

Pruitt, a Republican, had appeared Wednesday at a White House picnic for Independence Day, wearing a red-checked shirt and loafers with gold trim. The president has another loyal industry servant primed for service.

But unlike Pruitt, Wheeler is considered low-key and is a Washington insider who has spent much of his career in the nation's capital.

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During his time as a congressional staffer, Wheeler worked as a senior aide to Republican Sen.

An Ohio native, Wheeler served as a special assistant in the EPA's Pollution Prevention and Toxics office in the early 1990s before moving over to the Senate environment panel, where he eventually became GOP staff director under Sen.

As for Wheeler, Mink says she is disappointed, but not surprised. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, who sits on the Environment and Public Works committee and is known as the Senate's most vocal climate skeptic.

According to The Post: "The Trump administration appointees described an administrator who sought a salary that topped $200,000 for his wife and accepted help from a subordinate in the job search, requested aid from senior EPA officials in a dispute with a Washington landlord and disregarded concerns about his first-class travel".

"Andrew is one of the most well-known, well-respected policy professionals in Washington on energy and environment", Matthew Dempsey, a former colleague of Wheeler's in Inhofe's office, who now works for a lobbying firm representing the oil and gas industry, told the Times.

For Wheeler, the deep ties come with big money. This differs from Pruitt, who drew attention not only for his aggressive moves to cut back regulations but also for mounting scandals and questions about potential ethics violations. So it's unlikely that the new EPA administrator will be casting about for earning opportunities for his family members.

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