EPA administrator Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandal

NYT's Maggie Haberman Lists Probable Reasons Why Pruitt Is Still in Trump Admin

"The line on Wheeler from people in the know is that he's essentially Scott Pruitt's ideological twin - but that his many years as a Washington insider have endowed him with a political savvy that Pruitt sorely lacks", Jeff Turrentine, columnist for the Natural Resources Defense Council, wrote in April. Pruitt's deputy, Andrew Wheeler, will start as acting administrator of the EPA on Monday.

Trump praised Pruitt, who steadily pursued the president's calls for deregulation at the agency during his 16-month tenure, contending that he had "done an outstanding job" leading the EPA. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, who sits on the Environment and Public Works committee and is known as the Senate's most vocal climate skeptic. Wheeler is a former coal industry lobbyist. In addition, he was formerly chief of staff to Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, who rejects mainstream climate science.

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, also of Iowa, said Trump "made the right decision".

"Scott is a terrific guy", Trump said. "He'll go and do great things and have a wonderful life, I hope".

Even in his comments after the resignation, however, Trump expressed real fondness for Pruitt. It is extremely hard for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring.

White House advisers promptly shot down Pruitt's proposal, it was reported.

In a tweet Thursday afternoon, Trump said he had accepted the resignation of the beleaguered EPA chief.

Mr. Pruitt's resignation will take effect Friday. "That was the position he was originally interested in". 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. Those groups quickly applauded his departure.

"Scott Pruitt was the worst EPA administrator in the history of the agency".

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

Pruitt quit the EPA after months of ethics-related scandals related to his behavior and spending practices, CBS News reports.

All told, Pruitt left EPA having faced more than a dozen inquiries or reviews into his practices at the agency, including his first-class plane travel, a room that he rented from a lobbyist at $50 per night and the installation of a soundproof booth in his office. But he told The Washington Post, which first uncovered the blog post past year, that he came to support Trump later in 2016, after Rubio exited the race, when Trump spoke at an event hosted by coal mining company Murray Energy Corp., one of his lobbying clients. It was co-owned by the wife of a veteran fossil fuels lobbyist whose firm had sought regulatory rollbacks from EPA.

It was not immediately clear how Pruitt's resignation might affect those ongoing probes.

Pruitt also rankled some Republican lawmakers, including in Midwest corn states, with his efforts to overhaul a USA policy requiring biofuels like corn-based ethanol in gasoline. "I think Oklahomans still love him, support him and trust him".

"We're proud of him for that", Pollard said.

Scott Pruitt has stepped down from his post as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Thursday; resigning after a series of scandals and controversies threatened to derail his ability to lead the EPA. "Americans will not tolerate another EPA administrator whose primary goal is to fight the core mission of the EPA".

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