Editorial: The EPA needs to grow smaller

Almost 800 former employees of the Environmental Protection Agency protested the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as chief administrator of the EPA.

The EPA has 15,000 employees and let’s hope Pruitt can add hundreds if not thousands of them to the “former employee” list.

The EPA needs to get smaller in size and scope.

Pruitt’s confirmation in a bipartisan vote (two Democrats voted for him) in the Senate is a great signal to every American who values the environment but understands the overreach of the EPA.

The president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and the president of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau both praised Pruitt.

“His record and experience as Oklahoma’s Attorney General gives me great confidence that he is the right person to lead the EPA to a new era of common sense regulation,” said Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) president Richard Thorpe.

“TSCRA represents more than 55,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production. Ranchers rely on the land for their livelihoods and are among the very best stewards of our natural resources. We look forward to working with Mr. Pruitt to continue our long tradition of caring for our lands.”

“Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has proved time and time again his ardent commitment to following the rule of law,” said Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan. ”As a longtime friend of family farmers and ranchers, Pruitt will ensure the EPA preserves our environment remaining within its constitutional jurisdiction.”

Common sense can now return to the EPA as Pruitt puts the brakes on its unconstitutional overreach.