Trump taps Oklahoma AG to lead EPA

Trump taps Oklahoma AG to lead EPA

Scott Pruitt has been foe of Obama administration.

President-elect Donald Trump is going to nominate Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma's attorney general, to head the Environmental Protection Agency, The Washington Post reported today.

Pruitt was elected in 2010 and has filed several lawsuits that target the environmental policies of the Obama administration, according to the New York Post.

Politico reports that Pruitt is a skeptic of climate change, is a leading critic of the Waters of the U.S. rules and is an opponent of Interior Department protections for the lesser prairie chicken.

Pruitt is opposed to Interior Department regulations to protect the lesser prairie chicken. (Photo: twildlife/Thinkstock)

“President-elect Trump’s selection of Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency is welcome news to America’s farmers and ranchers—in fact, to all who are threatened by EPA’s regulatory overreach—and should help provide a new degree of fairness for U.S. agriculture," said AFBF president Zippy Duvall in a media statement. "We know that in his position as attorney general in Oklahoma, Pruitt has stood up for common-sense, effective regulation that protects the environment and the rights of the regulated community. We have been grateful for his effective legal work in response to EPA’s overreaching Waters of the U.S. Rule. 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."

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