"I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency", tweeted the president, ending months of speculation about the future of the man he had tasked with dismantling former president Barack Obama's green legacy.
Pruitt's deputy at the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, will take over as the acting administrator of the agency from Monday. In fact, Wheeler's years working in both the federal government and the private sector mean he could be even more effective than his predecessor.
McKinny said she thinks that statement is outrageous and is bewildered by how long Pruitt was able to lead at the EPA, seemingly unworried that the president would fire him for any one of the offenses he's accused of committing.
That particular proposal was shot down by federal regulators, but with Pruitt's help, the Trump administration has made inroads on most of that plan's 16 points, with devastating consequences to the environment-including the USA pullout from the Paris climate accords, the rejection of Obama's Clean Power Plan, and slashing the staff of the EPA down to a level not seen since the 1980s attacks on the agency by President Reagan.
Technology companies are feeling the heat as grassroots groups demand they end government contracts with federal immigration agencies and stop enabling the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance policy". He played a key role in withdrawing the US from the Paris climate accord, endorsed a proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan, suspended the Clean Water Rule and began a review of the stricter vehicle fuel emissions standards that were set to take effect in 2022.
It's still unclear when President Trump plans to nominate a replacement and how quickly the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee would consider the nomination.
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Pruitt has been overhauling the agency to ensure that industry interests come before environmental protection.
Wheeler's long track record of lobbying suggests precisely the opposite.
"With these Inhofe staff, you get all of the Pruitt policy and none of the Pruitt baggage", said an energy lobbyist and former congressional staffer. While Pruitt appeared to be strapped, Wheeler's last job paid a base salary of $741,000, which was augmented by payments from his individual clients.
"[Wheeler] has the relationships on Capitol Hill", Dempsey said.
That is exactly what many environmental groups fear.
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The Natural Resources Defense Council "also bashed the outgoing official". "He has hired a lot of smart people to work for him who were good and have gone on to do various other things", the lobbyist said.
He was also an aide to Sen. Jim Inhofe if he decides not to run again in 2020.
This spring the Senate confirmed Wheeler to become deputy director of the EPA.
Among the foremost concerns voiced by environmental advocates is Wheeler's position on climate change.
Asked about the matter at his Senate committee hearing past year, Wheeler promised he "would certainly listen to the career scientists at the agency and the outside science advisory boards to the agency on what is the best available science at the time for any regulatory decisions". Three moderate Democrats - Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia - joined with Republicans to support Wheeler IN April.
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