Freshly released emails show just how deeply Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt was entrenched in the administration’s rebranding efforts. He personally oversaw major changes to the agency’s website. References to climate change were purged, allusions to Barack Obama’s Clean Power Act erased.
President Trump has been excoriated by environmentalists and fringe liberals activists because of his choice in Pruitt. Liberals grew used to getting their way while Barack Obama was in office. President Trump and Pruitt are despised because they refused to let the agency carry on as it was before.
“The website purge reinforces serious concerns that Pruitt has predetermined that he will repeal the Clean Power Plan and the current rulemaking process is a sham,” the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) said in a statement published on their website.
“Instead of listening to the public with an open mind, these emails suggest that Pruitt is personally and directly thwarting meaningful public participation.”
The released emails show a closely coordinated team. Senior members of the EPA worked together to eradicate Obama’s legacy.
“We need to start building an updated page for the clean power plan ASAP with the goal of having it go live sometime on Monday,” the EPA’s deputy associate administrator for Public Affairs, John Konkus wrote.
“Is there any way we can get a little time put in on this project over the weekend so that we’re off on the right foot on Monday morning?”
The Obama administration allowed the EPA to run wild throughout his years at the White House. Climate change was treated as an irrefutable fact rather than an unproven theory. The left’s first response to the changes was outrage.
Obama was known for his love of government regulations. He not only kept the EPA payroll bloated and overstaffed, he allowed ultra-liberal researchers to run the show. President Trump and Pruitt, by contrast, are willing to go where the science takes them. They don’t have an agenda to prove the way that climate change activists do.
“We’re going to put a spotlight on the most anti-environmental EPA administrator in American history. We’re going to make it very clear how public health in America is under assault because of his terrible stewardship of the most important of all agencies,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said before a hearing.
“We’re going to try to make it more clear to the American people what the impact is of having someone like him at the EPA.”
Pruitt was heavily involved in the administration’s decision to pull the U.S. from the Paris Climate Accord, a controversial move that still rankles among Democrats. Like President Trump, Pruitt has been incredibly effective. He’s managed to completely revamp the agency in under a year.
Administrator Pruitt rose to power as Oklahoma’s attorney general. While he was in office he filed multiple lawsuits against Obama’s EPA. He was brave enough to publicly question the veracity of modern climate change theories.
The Environmental Data & Governance Initiative, an organization which tracks changes made to government websites, claims that hundreds of pages on climate change have been erased from the agency’s website since Pruitt took control.
“Obscuring information thwarts meaningful public participation in EPA’s work to protect Americans’ health and safety,” complained Ben Levitan, a lawyer with the EDF.
“It reinforces serious concerns that Pruitt has predetermined that he will repeal the Clean Power Plan, and that the current rulemaking process is a sham.”
President Trump is remarkable because he’s one the few politicians who actually means what he says. He promised to reorganize the EPA while he was still a candidate, and he’s already fulfilled his promise.
Democrats have been pouring over Pruitt’s words, searching for a way to defeat him. When they couldn’t find one, they grew nasty. Pruitt has taken more guff from the Democrats than almost any other member of President Trump’s cabinet.
“The reaction from a lot of Senate aides was that House Democrats swung and missed after the first couple members. We didn’t know this was going to happen because it was the first time Pruitt was testifying,”an anonymous Democratic source complained to the Hill.
“What they know now is that he’s very good at lawyering himself out of answers. People acknowledged that he’s good at speaking platitudes and not answering questions directly.”
In other words, Pruitt is too crafty to be easily tripped up. Climate change advocates need to find a new way to push their theory, they no longer have the government’s blind support.