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Judge Orders Release of EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt's Emails with Industry

Judge Orders Release of EPA Nominee Scott Pruitt's Emails with Industry

The close 52-46 vote was almost along party lines aside from aisle-switching by Susan Collins (R-ME) to oppose and Joe Manchin III (D-WV) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), both from coal-rich states, to support.

Pruitt served six years as Oklahoma's attorney general and was closely aligned with oil and gas companies in his home state, whose executives backed his political campaigns. He is widely viewed as the chief architect of the assault against former President Barack Obama's climate change policies that were aimed at sharply reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the nation's aging power plants and manufacturing plants. We are confident Administrator Pruitt will bring a commonsense and lawful approach to environmental protection.

"Pruitt has demonstrated time and again his unwillingness to accept the science of climate change and his contempt for the laws protecting our air and drinking water", he added.

"Attorney General Pruitt has been more thoroughly vetted than any nominee for EPA administrator", said Sen. One Republican, Susan Collins of ME, voted against Pruitt.

"We gave Mr. Pruitt many opportunities to provide information to the Committee, including pre-hearing questions, the hearing itself, and post-hearing questions for the record to which Mr. Pruitt was required to submit written responses", Democratic senators said in a statement. Republicans have the majority in the Senate, but Democrats spoke through Thursday night and Friday morning on the Senate floor, trying to extend debate on Pruitt until later in February when 3,000 emails between him and energy companies will likely be revealed by a judge.




The Senate voted 52-46 to confirm Pruitt after failed attempts to delay action on the vote. "Today's near party-line vote to confirm Pruitt marks a new low in the GOP's embrace of an aggressively anti-environment agenda that caters to virtually every polluting industry in America". Her primary objection was related to her concerns that Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt's numerous lawsuits against the agency could create conflict of interests. Yesterday, the New York Times reported that, in an unusual move, employees of the EPA had been calling senators to urge them to vote against Pruitt.

The concentrations of some metals in the Gold King wastewater plume were higher than historical mine drainage, the EPA has said, but the agency says impacts on water quality were not as long lasting as some had feared.

Conversely, industry organizations issued congratulations to Pruitt and said they looked forward to working with him.

McCain had planned to depart with 11 other senators and four House members on a military plane in time for the Arizona Republican to take part in a panel discussion at the Munich Security Conference on Friday evening.

"President Obama turned the EPA into one of the most vilified agencies in the "swamp" of over-reaching government".

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