Scott Pruitt, Trump’s EPA chief, resigns amid multiple controversies

Embattled Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt directly appealed to President Donald Trump this spring to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and let him run the Department of Justice instead

Asked about the letter, an EPA IG spokesperson told CNN Thursday, "The request is being reviewed by the IG and his leadership team". Inhofe expressed his support for his former staffer on Thursday, calling Wheeler "the flawless choice" to serve as acting EPA administrator.

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

As EPA administrator, Pruitt proposed launching a "red team, blue team" exercise to debate USA climate science.

Senior White House advisor Stephen Miller has also been confronted by protesters, including being called a "fascist" while dining at a Mexican restaurant and, most recently, facing a crowd of demonstrators outside his home in D.C. who gathered to denounce the zero immigration policy, USA Today reported. In 2015, he joined a multi-state lawsuit against the EPA in an ongoing effort to block the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which calls for reducing carbon emissions from the USA power sector 32% below 2005 levels by 2030.

"We have a bigger uphill battle because it wasn't the policies that drove Pruitt out; it was the other craziness".

Wheeler's and others' lobbying efforts worked: Late a year ago, President Donald Trump traveled to Utah to officially announce the reduction of Bears Ears.

Wheeler is originally from Hamilton, Ohio, his biography on the EPA website said.

In the video, Mink urges Pruitt to resign "before your scandals push you out", referring to multiple ongoing investigations including a private deal on a $50-a-day condominium arranged with the wife of an energy lobbyist, reports that Pruitt enlisted top aides to run personal errands and high spending on a round-the-clock security detail.

Few EPA administrators' views differ much from the president who appointed them.

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In the article, Joseph Stanko, a partner at the industry law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth, hailed Wheeler as a regulatory expert. The latter's career traces back to the EPA, where he worked in its Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics in Pres. George H.W. Bush's administration.

Murray Energy's CEO, Robert Murray, has been a loyal supporter of Trump.

However, EPA spokesman Lincoln Ferguson said Pruitt thanked the woman for her comments.

The Post story offered one supportive quote - Trump saying, "I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda".

"Now we have his deputy administrator coming in, and it's not clear whether this person is committed to protecting the environment".

Prior to joining the EPA, Wheeler also lobbied for the bailout of the coal industry on behalf of Murray Energy. "He is, without question, a member of the coal industry's Hall of Fame", said Sen.

Pruitt, whose tenure as head of the organization was plagued by numerous scandals, officially stepped down from his role Thursday, according to a tweet from President Donald Trump.

After Wheeler won Senate confirmation in April to serve as deputy EPA administrator, Ebell, who won the "Speaks Truth To Power Award" from the far-right, climate science-denying Heartland Institute in 2017, described Wheeler as levelheaded and effective.

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