Key Trump ally Scott Pruitt forced to resign

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt, who pleased President Donald Trump by rolling back environmental regulations but came under fire for travel and security expenses and a condo arrangement, has resigned, Trump said on Thursday. Wheeler is now listed as a consulting principal at global law firm Faegre Baker Daniels, and he has lobbied for Whirlpool, Sargento, and a number of other chemical and big oil interests, according to records compiled by ProPublica.

Wheeler has spent more than two decades in Washington. President Trump tweeted the announcement, saying the agency's deputy administrator will assume the position until the President nominates a new Secretary.

"From moving to roll back strong fuel economy standards, to repealing the Clean Power Plan, to undermining chemical regulation, to suppressing climate science, to advocating for US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement, Scott Pruitt made the EPA stand for Every Polluter's Ally", he said in a statement. "Senators must confirm a nominee who will hold the health and safety of American families in higher regard than the profits of big polluters".

In a tweet Thursday afternoon, Trump said he had accepted the resignation of the beleaguered EPA chief.

"Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this", Trump said.

That is why it is hard for me to advise you I am stepping down as Administrator of the EPA effective as of July 6. Mink said that when she first approached Pruitt, he "was all smiles", but as their conversation progressed, that smile quickly faded and the former EPA administrator got increasingly defensive and uncomfortable. Nancy Beck, head of the EPA's chemical safety office and a Pruitt appointee, is a former employee of the ACC.

Frankly, Pruitt's exit is long overdue. A longtime Inhofe staffer, Andrew Wheeler, was tapped to take over for Pruitt as acting head of the agency.

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"Scott Pruitt's departure is long overdue". "And that's not in any way a qualification to lead the Environmental Protection Agency". In a unanimous vote, the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission rejected Perry's proposal. Wheeler was serving as a lobbyist for Murray Energy at the time. "Wheeler is ethically compromised", said a statement by Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, an environmental campaign group, back in April. 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. He's also a former top aide to GOP Sen. In 2006, while working for the Senate environment committee, Wheeler suggested that the Earth might actually be going through a "cooling phase". Before that, he worked for the grandfather of climate denial, Sen.

Inhofe, who dismisses global warming as a hoax and famously tossed a snowball on the Senate floor to prove his point, hailed Wheeler's ascension to EPA chief.

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