Scott Pruitt, The Worst Possible News for the Environment
The thing about Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is—unlike so many of the other Trump appointees—he actually knows what he's doing. And what he'll do as head of EPA is continue his fossil-fuel-industry funded agenda to date: declaw the EPA, assert that climate change is just an opinion, and sound like an actual professional as he entrusts the states with the ultimate responsibility for environmental protection.
One might ask how that’s been working out for the State of Oklahoma so far. Pruitt’s office has done nothing to protect the state's environment and its residents from earthquakes caused by fracking. Worse than nothing, according to Inside Climate News reporting, he argued against federal oversight over fracking and while Oklahoma residents filed their own lawsuits in response to the earthquakes the AGs office remained silent.
While some of the other Trump appointees have left commentators puzzled as to what they were going to do, or at least how they were going to do it, Pruitt’s to do list couldn’t be more clear. His efforts to follow Trump’s directive to dismantle the EPA won’t achieve their ends over night, but they’ll be relentless and consistent with his go-to rationale: states’ rights.