EPA's Pruitt was told to resign in call from White House

Scott Pruitt

Scott Pruitt has resigned as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency amid mounting scrutiny of his spending and ethics practices. When Wheeler was a lobbyist behind the scenes, it was easy for him to help industry erode the EPA's science-based mission of protecting public health and the environment.

"The electorate in Oklahoma has changed a lot lately", said Bennett.

Senator Kamala Harris, Democrat from California:"Just because Scott Pruitt resigned doesn't mean we've forgotten about the taxpayer funds he's misused or the damage he's done to our environment".

"We urge him to immediately commit to undoing the massive damage to EPA's work done under Pruitt's leadership".

With a past life as an energy industry lobbyist, Wheeler is not an environmentalist, to say the least.

- MINING: The EPA said previous year that it won't require mining companies to prove they have the financial resources to clean up pollution, an Obama-era rule stemming from a long history of pollution spilling from abandoned mines into streams. "It's not necessarily a political agenda, but it's a policy-based agenda", he said.

Some of the ethics accusations involved jobs for Pruitt's wife.

In the end, it wasn't "religious sterility", that brought him down. Along with other regulatory changes on their way or already complete, this would represent a near-surrender on the part of the federal government on the issue of climate change. As Oklahoma's former attorney general, he waged a legal fight against the environmental rules implemented by the agency he eventually would head. James Inhofe, R-Okla., "one of Washington's most prominent climate change denialists". President Trump tweeted the announcement, saying the agency's deputy administrator will assume the position until the President nominates a new Secretary.

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After the Trump administration announced Wheeler's nomination to the agency in April, Inhofe hailed Wheeler as a "close friend". Wheeler's and others' lobbying efforts worked: Late a year ago, President Donald Trump traveled to Utah to officially announce the reduction of Bears Ears.

'His policy actions as administrator don't cost him in this state. Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, for example, called Pruitt "about as swampy as you can get".

Pollard said that was the right strategy.

As attorney general, Pruitt filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the agency President Donald Trump would later pick him to lead. He's been investigated for undertaking expensive, first-class worldwide travel with a large detail, and for spending $43,000 to build a soundproof phone booth in his office.

But despite boasts of slashing red tape and promoting job creation, Pruitt had a mixed record of producing real-world results. That quest included setting up a call with Chick-fil-A executives, in which he discussed her becoming a franchisee, as well as outreach to a conservative judicial group that eventually hired Marlyn Pruitt.

As Pruitt considered opening the loophole for glider truck manufacturers earlier this year, national health groups including the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of American and the American Lung Association signed a letter imploring the EPA chief to protect the public from the pollution-causing vehicles.

The US Government Accountability Office concluded the EPA violated two laws by installing the $43,000 phone booth for his office without telling lawmakers first.

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