Liberals and climate change supporters are in a frenzy over Trump’s newest pick.
President-Elect Donald Trump intends to select Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Liberals are panicking because this is a clear sign that Trump’s is pursuing an agenda that would undo President Obama’s climate change legacy.
An ally to the fossil fuel industry, Pruitt has aggressively fought against environmental regulations, becoming one of a number of attorneys general to craft a 28-state lawsuit against the Obama administration’s rules to curb carbon emissions.
A Washington Post report added that Pruitt “has spent much of his energy as attorney general fighting the agency he is being nominated to lead.” That includes Pruitt’s refusal to believe in climate change.
When Trump and one of his adult children met with Al Gore this week, some clung to hopes that the president-elect might temper some of his far-right attitudes and be halfway reasonable when it comes to natural resources. Those hopes now appear quite foolish. Pruitt’s nomination is the punchline to a bad joke.