Posted: 4:00 am Thursday, December 8th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
It didn’t take long for critics to take shots at Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, as President-Elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency was swiftly denounced by Democratic Senators and liberal interest groups, likely signaling a big fight over his confirmation next year.
“Anyone leading EPA who wants to ignore science or look out for special interests at the expense of public health can expect a fight with me,” said Sen. Tom Carper, a Democrat from Delaware, who will be the top Democrat on the panel that holds hearings on Pruitt’s selection.
Nominating a climate denier to run the Environmental Protection Agency is offensive. I will do everything I can to stop this.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) December 7, 2016
“Hard to imagine worse EPA pick than Scott Pruitt. This is very, very bad,” said Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), as Democrats have long looked at Pruitt as a toxic player on environmental issues.
“As its leader, Scott Pruitt would have EPA stand for Every Polluters Ally,” said Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA).
— Emily Atkin (@emorwee) December 7, 2016
Republicans meanwhile were elated.
“It’s not that he’s anti-regulation, it’s that he’s anti-overreach,” said Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), as he praised the pick of the President-Elect.
“I look forward to watching him dismantle the EPA’s Clean Power Plan piece by piece as EPA administrator,” said Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT).
It could lead to fiery showdown in January over climate change, pollution regulations and more.
Donald Trump Picks Scott Pruitt, Ally of Fossil Fuel Industry, to Lead EPA.
That will be battle royale for confirmation in senate to watch.
— Dale Alan (@USMC6591) December 7, 2016
Trump's EPA pick, Scott Pruitt, must be confirmed by Senate. Call Senators! We've gotta fight & set tone for climate debate over next 4 yrs
— Talking Points Left (@TP_Left) December 7, 2016
For Oklahoma politics, Pruitt’s choice made some wonder whether that was good or bad for Governor Mary Fallin, who has been rumored to be a possible choice for Interior Secretary in a Trump Administration.
— Joe Brettell (@JoeBrettell) December 7, 2016
Mr. Trump takes office on January 20; confirmation hearings will start before then on Pruitt and other nominees in the Senate.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.