Pruitt’s confirmation marked a serious defeat for environmental advocacy groups, which wrote letters, waged a furious social media campaign, lobbied members of Congress, paid for television ads and sponsored a series of public protests to keep the Oklahoman from taking the reins of EPA.
“Scott Pruitt as administrator of the EPA likely means a full-scale assault on the protection that Americans have enjoyed for clean air, clean water and a healthy climate,” Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said in an interview. “For environmental groups, it means we’re in for the fight of our lives for the next four years.”
Maine’s Sen. Angus King, an independent, and Republican Sen. Susan Collins both voted against Pruitt’s nomination. Collins was the only Senate Republican to oppose Pruitt, after announcing on Wednesday that she would vote against his confirmation, saying, “The fact is, Mr. Pruitt and I have fundamentally different views of the role and mission of the EPA.”
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His nomination also rattled some agency employees, who fear he will be eager to carry out the promise that Trump made on the campaign trail to “get rid of (EPA) in almost every form.We’re going to have little tidbits left, but we’re going to take a tremendous amount out.”