Donald Trumps selection to head the EPA is current Attorney General of Oklahoma Scott Pruitt. This signals a vast change from the Obama administration’s huge efforts to combat climate change from a national and international level. In the article Mr. Pruitt is quoted as saying “Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind.” Beyond words, Mr. Pruitt has acted ceaselessly in office to battle regulations from the EPA, attempting to remove restrictions on air emissions and water pollution.
While in Office, Pruitt has also been very cozy with top oil and gas executives, taking campaign contributions from many of the industry players he was filing lawsuits with. In fact, there are a number of letters that Mr. Pruitt sent to the EPA on state stationary under his name that were in fact drafted directly by industry lobbyists. The companies then praised the letters, without mentioning that fact that they had drafted them in the first place.
What does this signal for the United States’ future involvement in climate agreements? When the head of the EPA refuses to acknowledge consensus on climate change (a fact a simple google search and wikipedia page browsing can refute) where does that leave us? How can someone so closely linked with big businesses intent on profiting from lack of regulation effectively run the agency responsible for protecting citizens with regulation?