Trump EPA pick expresses doubts on climate, defends oil industry funding

Trump EPA pick expresses doubts on climate, defends oil industry funding

"NPPC strongly endorses General Pruitt for EPA administrator", Weber said. Most of the suits challenging water and air protection rules that Pruitt once said placed an unfair burden on fossil fuel companies and other businesses.

"Mr. Pruitt's remarks today, coupled with President-elect Trump's campaign promises to support the RFS, indicate a clear commitment to ensuring the RFS will not be undermined by the incoming administration", Johnson said in a news release.

In addition to many high-profile environmental organizations, notable signatories include NAACP, Hispanic Federation, Communications Workers of America, Working Families Party, National Nurses United, Breast Cancer Action, Indigenous Environmental Network, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, Our Revolution, PDA, CREDO and Daily Kos.

"Your state is seeing a record number of earthquakes".

President-elect Donald Trump's choice to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency told senators Wednesday that he meant to work cooperatively with states and industry to return the federal watchdog to what he called its proper role. Democratic members, on the other hand, were sharply critical of Pruitt's history, attempting to paint him as a friend to polluters. Climate is a serious concern for Latinos and one they view as affecting them personally.

"As EPA administrator, you would be in a position to serve as plaintiff, defendant, judge and jury on these ongoing lawsuits and that would be wrong", said Sen. They'll never admit it, but the real reason they oppose nominees such as Perry, Pruitt and Zinke is those selections indicate clearly the gravy train is likely to stop rolling in. Pruitt's office was among the many entities that sued to block the rule. - Karuna Jaggar, Executive Director, Breast Cancer Action.

The nominee also tried to get out in front of criticism from Democrats over his ties to the oil and gas industry.

Pruitt claims that he intends to "run this agency in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the environment and freedom for American businesses".

Pruitt said he believes it is very, very important to honor the intent of the RFS statute. Our environment matters to the health of the planet, to future generations and to the economic vitality of our communities.

Kennedy does not believe Pruitt will be able to shut down the agency - but he could cut funding and limit its effectiveness.

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Sanders asked how much of climate change Pruitt believes is caused by human behavior.

"Senator", Pruitt replied, "that is something that I have not reviewed, nor know about".

"Agriculture cannot produce healthy, safe, quality food if our nation's air, soil, and water are contaminated".

"As Oklahoma's Attorney General, Mr. Pruitt led the fight to bring common sense back to environmental regulation and he was an unrivaled defender of private property rights".

Facing questions on his position on climate change during Wednesday's confirmation hearing, Pruitt acknowledged that the climate is changing, but said the appropriate response is up for debate.

We are under no illusions that Trump is suddenly going to become a champion of environmental protection, even if that is synonymous with protecting human life.

Sanders demanded Pruitt explain his position on climate science and the accepted belief among nearly all members of the scientific community that mankind is responsible for an increase in climate change. "He has consistently ignored the needs of Oklahomans and ignored the science behind climate change". But Pruitt's comments suggest he wants to go even further. "Our ability to predict that effect is very limited", he said, a statement at odds with scientists' assessments of most climate change effects.

Climate change, and the threat it poses to our environmental, safety and the natural world, will be a more pressing challenge than ever during Trump's presidency.

He was quoted in a Montana newspaper as saying that manmade climate change was "not a hoax, but it's not proven science either".

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