"A year before President Trump named Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency, where he quickly became a presidential favorite by gutting pollution rules and slashing staff, Mr. Pruitt, the former Oklahoma attorney general, assailed Mr. Trump on a talk radio show, saying he would be “abusive to the Constitution.”"
Journalism & Media
"Trump talked of the year's climate disasters—without saying 'climate change'—and while repeating his usual promotion of the fossil fuels that drive global warming."
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"Shortly after arriving at the Environmental Protection Agency, Administrator Scott Pruitt took a personal interest in and closely monitored the removal of extensive information from his agency's website that explained to the public the federal effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Power Plan, according to newly released EPA documents."
"The New York financiers’ donations to climate misinformation think tanks are finally attracting the scrutiny long reserved for the Koch brothers and Exxon Mobil."
"In the days before U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's trip to North Dakota last August, spokesman Jahan Wilcox had a unique request for local talk radio host Scott Hennen."
"Deniers have found a platform in emerging publications that publish without rigorous review".
"U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's security detail reported protesters who disrupted one of his speeches as a potential threat, sparking an investigation by the agency's internal watchdog."