Earlier on Monday, a group of 447 former EPA officials published an open letter to senators, urging a vote against Pruitt's confirmation. Don Parrish, AFBF's senior director of congressional and regulatory relations told the Washington Post that he believes Pruitt's strengths lie in his past work in state agency.
There's a revolt underway at the Environmental Protection Agency. "We anticipate that as EPA administrator, Pruitt will listen to our concerns and those of others who work with the nation's natural resources on a daily basis".
Pruitt's hostility to environmental protections is unprecedented in a nominee to run the EPA, and a more complete background of his history of fossil fuel industry favors can be read in this "get to know" portrait from last month.
Unfortunately for everyone, the EPA's employees have been instructed no to speak to the media, which makes it even more complicated to understand what is going on behind closed doors within the Trump administration. They question Pruitt's record and his financial interests.
"When it was originally created, states and local communities didn't have the technology or expertise to protect the environment", Gaetz told the Courier-Journal.
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Around 30 employees at EPA's Chicago office joined a protest organized by the Sierra Club and the American Federation of Government Employees to protest Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's nomination.
"The Institute for Coastal Science and Policy (ICSP), the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), and the Department of Geology could potentially be impacted by potential changes in extramural funding programs at the EPA", said Scott. She said employee morale within the agency has plummeted since Trump's election. Republicans quickly changed the rules to quash the boycott, and voted unanimously to endorse Pruitt.
In the build up to the issuing of the legislation to congress, Congressman Matt Gaetz had said that if his legislation were to pass, all of its activities would fall under different state entities in order to prevent people from experiencing the "oppressive jurisdiction of the EPA".
"Pruitt's record and public statements strongly suggest that he does not agree with the underlying principles of our environmental laws", they wrote.
President Trump himself has said the environmental regulations put in place under President Obama are "a disgrace".