President-elect Donald Trump appears to be living up to his pledge to put a friendly face at the helm of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), although this differs from his previous message of having a farmer or rancher head the organization.
The Trump transition team selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the new administrator of the EPA, a man who has spent much of his time fighting the agency.
Currently, Pruitt is suing the EPA over climate rules and opposes Waters of the United States.
Zippy Duval, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation said the selection of Pruitt is “welcome news” for farmers and ranchers. Duval went on to say Pruitt “should help provide a new degree of fairness for U.S. agriculture.”
“He now is the head of the EPA and advocates for all 50 states,” said Emily Skor, CEO of Growth Energy. “His job is to not implement the policies and visions that’s outlined by Mr. Trump.”
Environmentalists say hiring Pruitt is like hiring an arsonist to help fight fires.