US EPA employees protest Trump's pick to run agency

Posted February 09, 2017

"Scott Pruitt has not demonstrated this same commitment".

According to The Washington Post, hundreds of employees - both current and former - have protested the USA senate to prevent Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt from running the agency. His approach to managing the Environmental Protection Agency is no exception. "We anticipate that as EPA administrator, Pruitt will listen to our concerns and those of others who work with the nation's natural resources on a daily basis".

Yesterday marked two months since Pruitt was nominated to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Every week the president and the Republican congress take another hit at the planet in the name of short-term job growth and padding the pockets of energy barons, and if one Florida representative has his way, the EPA could be abolished in the 115th Congress.

Democrats in the Senate have objected not only to Pruitt's poor environmental record, but also his failure to provide information in response to questions. He is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate, in Republican control after last November's election, but a date for the vote has not been set.

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Enck signed Monday's letter because Trump's choice of Pruitt "is an unprecedented assault on environmental protection", she said, "not just on EPA as an agency, but on our country's ability to enjoy clean air, clean water and a logical agenda on climate change".

Pruitt has a history of siding with industry and has been reluctant to accept "the strong scientific consensus on climate change", they wrote. But the prospect of Pruitt's arrival has particularly shaken many employees, current as well as former, who fear that the agency's authority could be undermined, its workforce slashed and important regulations weakened under his watch.

In what is being called the first public protest of federal employees against President Donald Trump's administration, roughly 100 current EPA employees used their lunch break Monday to rally outside of the agency's Chicago office. In an email obtained by The Huffington Post, Gaetz clarified that "as conservatives, we must understand that states and local communities are best positioned to responsibly regulate the environmental assets within their jurisdictions".