06 Jul '18, 4am

This coal lobbyist is now running EPA

Editor's note: This post was updated on July 5, 2018, after the resignation of Scott Pruitt. Scott Pruitt’s resignation as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency means that former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler will be leading the agency as acting administrator. Those breathing a sigh of relief that Pruitt is gone might want to hold their breath. Making things worse, Wheeler’s tenure as acting administrator could be lengthy, given the closely divided Senate and the controversial policies of the Trump administration in this area. Wheeler spent years as an energy industry lobbyist Here’s the bottom line: Andrew Wheeler running the EPA would go far beyond having an administrator overly influenced by lobbyists . We would have an actual energy industry lobbyist in charge. On Wheeler’s client list was Murray Energy, one of the worst corporate citizens in America. Working...

Full article: https://www.edf.org/blog/2018/07/05/coal-lobbyist-now-run...

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