"Scott Pruitt Evades Key Senate Questions"

"Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt insisted his job was not to 'put up fences' to prohibit industries from exploiting natural resources, and he refused to be pinned down on the agency's future direction on clean air and climate change at a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

Appearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Pruitt also deflected his critics' attempts to embarrass him, including over a 2016 radio interview in which he mused that then-candidate Donald Trump was a 'bully' who would be 'more abusive to the Constitution than Barack Obama.'

Pruitt said he didn't recall the radio interview, which was recorded. It was conducted in February 2016, when he was Oklahoma's attorney general and Trump was an early dark horse in the GOP primary fight."

Marianne Lavelle reports for InsideClimate News January 30, 2018.


"Carper to Pruitt: 'I Want Real Answers'" (Greenwire)

"Dems Go On The Attack During EPA Chief's Hearing" (The Hill)

"Scott Pruitt's Testimony Before a Split Senate Committee Was Rowdy but Ultimately Unsurprising" (Pacific Standard)

"Top Dem Senator Slams State Of Environment After First Year Of Trump Administration" (HuffPost)

"EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Won't Rule Out Repealing The Foundation Of Obama-Era Climate Change Rules" (CNBC)

"EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Fails Another Senate Test" (The Intercept)

Source: InsideClimate News, 01/31/2018