Iowa Lawmakers Share Their Thoughts on Scott Pruitt’s Resignation

Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandals

Trump said deputy director Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, will replace Pruitt.

President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday he accepted the resignation of Pruitt. "Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this", Trump wrote.

"It's sad. I guess it's not surprising because clearly what Trump wants to do is dismantle the EPA".

"We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!" he tweeted.

Before Wheeler took on the post as Pruitt's second-in-command, he was a principle consultant for FaegreBD Consulting.

On Thursday, Trump called Pruitt's top deputy Andrew Wheeler to inform him that he would be taking the helm of the agency, according to an individual who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

That limber sidestep offers small solace to Deans, who is concerned about what the transition from Pruitt to Wheeler spells for the environment.

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This says nothing good about Mr. Pruitt, who combines ravenous ambition with a faulty moral compass, or about the president, who still appears to value loyalty, whether based in sincerity or cynicism, over the public good. The Rhode Island Democrat, who serves on the EPW committee and has gotten high marks from conservation activists, expressed optimism that Wheeler would prove to be "the honest broker we knew" from his previous work on the committee. As The Intercept reported in February, he made campaign contributions and hosted fundraisers in May 2017 for two Republican senators, Inhofe and John Barrasso, R-Wyo., both of whom are members of the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Democratic US Representative Gerry Connolly said after his resignation: "Scott Pruitt's reign of venality is finally over".

"But let's not forget he was carrying out President Trump's policies".

"In many ways, Wheeler is the polar opposite [of Pruitt]", said Holmstead. A longtime Inhofe staffer, Andrew Wheeler, was tapped to take over for Pruitt as acting head of the agency. Wheeler also represented Underwriters Laboratories, which does testing and certification for the EPA among other organizations; Xcel Energy; and Insurance Auto Auctions, a salvaged vehicle company, according to his financial disclosure form.

But despite boasts of slashing red tape and promoting job creation, Pruitt had a mixed record of producing real-world results. Mr. Pruitt joins the ranks of former Trump administration officials forced to resign in disgrace, raising questions about why Mr. Trump hired them in the first place. Another staffer smiled and took a picture outside the agency building with a man wearing a papier-mache head created to look like Pruitt, the report says.

His job had been in jeopardy since it emerged he had leased a property past year that was co-owned by the wife of a veteran fossil fuels lobbyist, whose firm had sought regulatory rollbacks from the EPA. "Americans will not tolerate another EPA administrator whose primary goal is to fight the core mission of the EPA".

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