The eviro-wacko left hates Scott Pruitt in the same way Satan runs from Holy Water. When he was nominated his office was the subject of multiple open records requests by environmental groups which his office had ignored to the greatest extent possible. Shortly after his nomination his office was sued by Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) (which, naturally, gets a lot of its funding from George Soros) to produce the records:
One day after hundreds of current and former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) employees voiced their opposition to the man President Donald Trump wants to run that agency—and just ahead of his Senate confirmation vote—a prominent watchdog group is suing Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for violation of the Open Records Act.
The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) filed suit Tuesday in an Oklahoma court, demanding EPA nominee Pruitt release records detailing his communications with energy companies ahead of the as-yet-unscheduled Senate vote, according to a statement. The suit alleges Pruitt has failed to respond to multiple records requests seeking access to more than 3,000 emails with Koch Industries and other coal, oil, and gas corporations, as well as the corporate-funded Republican Attorney General’s Association (RAGA).
Democrats were convinced that the emails held a ‘smoking gun’ that would derail Pruitt and demanded his vote be stalled until the emails were released. The emails were released yesterday that he New York Times covers it in The Pruitt Emails: E.P.A. Chief Was Arm in Arm With Industry.
During his tenure as attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt, now the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, closely coordinated with major oil and gas producers, electric utilities and political groups with ties to the libertarian billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch to roll back environmental regulations, according to over 6,000 pages of emails made public on Wednesday.
The publication of the correspondence comes just days after Mr. Pruitt was sworn in to run the E.P.A., which is charged with reining in pollution and regulating public health.
I’m old enough to remember a time when we expected our elected officials to work with business and industry to chart a path that let us maximize public safety and employment rather than insinuating that talking to regulated industries is a bad thing.
The emails do not appear to include any request for his intervention explicitly in exchange for campaign contributions, although Mr. Pruitt was separately working as a member of the Republican Attorneys General Association to raise money from many of the same companies.
Despite the large volume of correspondence between Mr. Pruitt’s office and the industry players, the emails are unlikely to cause Mr. Pruitt significant new problems. They do expand on email exchanges or topics that previously had been disclosed.
Bingo. There is no moral, legal or ethical requirement that regulators side with the enviro-nazis or enter into an adversarial relationship with business. Elected officials are supposed to carry out the law and to represent the best interests of the people who elected them. Coordinating with those industries and with other attorneys general to fight the anti-growth and anti-private-property actions of the EPA is not against the law.
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