Scott Pruitt Likens Trump’s Rule to ‘God’s Providence’ in Bizarre Resignation Letter

Scott Pruitt resigns from EPA

'We're proud of him for that, ' Pollard said. "I have thought for years environmental issues need to be depoliticized". Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, who sits on the Environment and Public Works committee and is known as the Senate's most vocal climate skeptic. Like Pruitt, this veteran coal lobbyist has shown only disdain for the EPA's vital mission to protect Americans' health and our environment. James Inhofe, an Oklahoma Republican who's a major climate change skeptic and who told CNN a year ago the EPA is "brainwashing our kids".

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's resignation yesterday came shortly after Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement this month from the Supreme Court, setting up the Senate for two highly charged confirmation tussles just four months before midterm elections.

Wheeler left a position as a top aide in the Senate almost a decade ago to become a successful lobbyist for the energy industry.

Wheeler's long track record of lobbying suggests precisely the opposite. But it's not likely to change his administration's agenda of eroding American environmental policy.

Pruitt resigned on Thursday after heavy criticism in Congress for ethics-related controversies. And he asked aides to help his wife get a job, including seeking a meeting with an executive at Chick-fil-A, and to run personal errands for him, like tracking down a favorite lotion and trying to buy a used mattress from the Trump International Hotel in Washington.

During congressional testimony in April, Pruitt was unapologetic, often blaming his staff for any agency missteps.

"Pruitt was not only destroying the EPA, he was taking advantage of his position", McKinny said.

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In the end, it wasn't "religious sterility", that brought him down. Pruitt, who gave every appearance of being in the pocket of industry, spent large portions of his time denying the existence of climate change. James Inhofe, one of Washington's most prominent climate change denialists, according to the Post.

Just after Trump's inauguration, Murray handed the president an "Action Plan" for "getting America's coal miners back to work", including the rollback of environmental rules and regulations created to curb emissions and tackle climate change. Wheeler said Trump "hasn't been that successful" in his business endeavors and had "more baggage then all of the other Republican candidates combined". "Administrator Pruitt, through his own actions, lost that trust".

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

As attorney general, Pruitt filed more than a dozen lawsuits against the agency President Donald Trump would later pick him to lead.

Pruitt's departure follows months of negative news reports on his unusually high travel and security expenses, including a $43,000 private phone booth.

While Pruitt was a Washington novice, Wheeler is a consummate inside-the-beltway lobbyist who has served many companies that are subject - and sometimes resistant - to EPA regulation. The Intercept online news service reported that Wheeler held the fundraisers even after press accounts revealed that he was under consideration to be Pruitt's second in command.

Pruitt said his $50-per-night condo lease from an energy lobbyist's wife received ethics approval from the agency, though the EPA's inspector general's office said its review was based on incomplete information.

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