Scott Pruitt Steps Down From EPA

Scott Pruitt Steps Down From EPA

"Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this", he added.

"He came to me and he said, 'I have such great confidence in the administration. I believe you are serving as President today because of God's providence", Pruitt wrote.

Mr Pruitt sparked controversy a year ago when he contradicted his own organisation's advice by saying he did not believe that carbon dioxide is a main contributor to global warming.

But revelations about his behavior continued to mount, including reports that he repeatedly enlisted subordinates to help him search for housing, book personal travel and even help search for a six-figure job for his wife.

"Scott Pruitt was as reckless toward the planet as he was toward his own position in government", Cuomo said in a statement. Former coal lobbyist and current EPA deputy administrator Andrew Wheeler will take over as the agency's acting director on Monday.

Pruitt's replacement, deputy administrator Andrew K. Wheeler, is cut out of the same cloth, according to multiple news reports. Mink said that when she first approached Pruitt, he "was all smiles", but as their conversation progressed, that smile quickly faded and the former EPA administrator got increasingly defensive and uncomfortable.

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"I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency". But, according to the New York Times, "several other names have also been floated as possible successors to Pruitt, including Donald Van der Vaart, a former senior environmental official in North Carolina, who Pruitt selected to serve on an EPA scientific advisory board".

Pruitt made no mention of the various ethics complaints in his resignation letter, instead praising Trump for having "blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated". Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general, is often aligned with the oil and gas industry, while Wheeler has focused more on coal since becoming a lobbyist a decade ago.

Wednesday night, Pruitt was on the White House lawn, watching fireworks explode over the Washington sky.

He also oversaw large raises to favorite aides, reportedly against the express wishes of the White House. His firm was paid $300,000 a year ago. Coming into office as a critic of EPA and a climate skeptic, Pruitt moved aggressively to scale back Obama-era moves on climate change, automobile pollution standards and other industrial pollutants. Before that, he worked for the grandfather of climate denial, Sen.

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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". Tom Carper of DE, long a vocal critic of Pruitt's.

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