The liberal Environmental Protection Agency is in store for more conservative and constitutional policies as President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA.
“For too long, the Environmental Protection Agency 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,” said President-elect Donald Trump. “My administration strongly believes in environmental protection, and Scott Pruitt will be a powerful advocate for that mission while promoting jobs, safety and opportunity.”
“President Obama has turned the EPA into one of the most vilified agencies in the ‘swamp’ of over-reaching government,” said U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla. “As EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt will bring a rational, constitutional, and federalist perspective to environmental stewardship. He knows the value of preserving our air, water, and land as well as the impact that regulations have had on jobs and people. He is an excellent choice for the Trump Administration.”
Trump said Pruitt will ensure that America conserves its natural habitats, reserves and resources, while unleashing an energy revolution that will “bring vast new wealth to our country.” Trump said Pruitt agrees with him that “we must rescind all job-destroying executive actions and eliminate all barriers to responsible energy production. This will create at least a half million jobs each year and produce $30 billion in higher wages.”
“I am deeply grateful and honored to serve as President-elect Trump’s EPA Administrator,” said Mr. Pruitt. “The American people are tired of seeing billions of dollars drained from our economy due to unnecessary EPA regulations, and I intend to run this agency in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the environment and freedom for American businesses.”
Pruitt has been a national leader against the EPA’s job-killing war on coal. As Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Pruitt established the state’s first “federalism unit” to combat unwarranted regulation and overreach by the federal government. Pruitt has said that states should have the sovereignty to make many regulatory decisions for their own markets.
Oklahoma’s U.S. senators agreed with the nomination of Pruitt.
“I applaud President-elect Trump and his team for choosing Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency,” said U.S. Sen. James Lankford and U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said in a joint statement. “Pruitt has served Oklahoma as a tireless defender of justice and law, and I am confident that he will serve America well. I look forward to working with him to restore a balanced approach to regulations and governance that fosters economic growth, advances energy independence and ensures stewardship for the environment. Scott Pruitt knows the difference between a state responsibility and a federal responsibility. The American people deserve an EPA that rejects extreme activism and instead returns to its proper interpretation of environmental law.”
“Scott Pruitt has been a leader and a partner on environmental issues for many years,” said Inhofe. “Pruitt has fought back against unconstitutional and overzealous environmental regulations like Waters of the U.S. and the Clean Power Plan; he has proven that being a good steward of the environment does not mean burdening tax payers and businesses with red tape. In his appearances before the Environment and Public Works committee,
“Pruitt has demonstrated that he is an expert on environmental laws and a champion of states’ roles in implementing those laws. Scott is thoughtful, experienced and a natural pick for this role. I am pleased with President-elect Trump’s selection and I look forward to working with my fellow Oklahoman in his new capacity.”
Oklahoma House Speaker Charles A. McCall, R-Atoka, called Pruitt and “expert in Constitutional law and one of the country’s top attorneys general, Pruitt brings a deep understanding of the impact of regulations on both the environment and the economy making him an excellent choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.”
Gov. Mary Fallin, who also may be offered a job in the Trump Administration, praised Pruitt.
“Attorney General Scott Pruitt is a tireless advocate of the precious balance of power between state and federal governments,” Fallin said. “In his nearly six years as attorney general, he led the charge to combat the ever-increasing overreach of the Obama administration. I applaud President-elect Trump’s appointment of Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA. He will ensure states retain their decision-making policies, instead of having them transferred to the federal government.”
Pruitt, a former state senator from Broken Arrow, drew praise from Sen. Greg Treat, Majority Floor Leader.
“Because of the leadership of Attorney General Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma has been the point of the spear in the fight against the unlawful and unconstitutional overreach of the EPA the past eight years,” Treat said. “I’ve worked alongside Scott in recent years specifically to push back on the Clean Power Plan, and the EPA’s attempt to circumvent Congress and the authority of the states to regulate and conserve their natural resources.
“No one is more qualified or better suited than Scott Pruitt to reign in the EPA, and restore balance to the agency’s relationships with Congress, the states, and private industry. It certainly is great news for Oklahoma that one of our own has been appointed to a leadership position in the Trump administration, but it’s even better news for our nation and the rule of law that Scott Pruitt will lead the EPA,” said Treat, R-Oklahoma City.”
State farmers are applauding the choice, according to Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan.
“Pruitt’s selection as EPA administrator is a win for farmers and ranchers across the country,” Buchanan said. “As Oklahoma attorney general, Pruitt has been a staunch advocate of agriculture and Oklahoma Farm Bureau. He continuously has defended farmers and ranchers against the EPA and has led the charge in suing the agency over its burdensome regulations such as the Waters of the United States rule and the Clean Power Plan.
“We are confident Pruitt will restore the EPA to its constitutional role, allowing farmers and ranchers to freely produce the safest, most abundant and most affordable food supply in the world.”
Liberals are expected to put up a fight against Pruitt in a confirmation vote. U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, has severely criticized the selection of Pruitt.