The man who will lead the Environmental Protection Agency is Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general,the New York Times reported. The Oklahoma attorney general has become famous for suing the overreaching government, including the EPA on an almost ongoing basis.
Pruitt met with Trump in New York City on Wednesday, for the second time, before making the selection.
When the Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules regulating carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, Scott Pruitt sued. When the Justice Department offered legal status to young undocumented immigrants, Scott Pruitt sued. And when the Obama administration sought to give tax credits to states that hadn’t set up their own health insurance exchanges, Scott Pruitt sued.
Since becoming Oklahoma attorney general in 2010, Pruitt has filed or joined lawsuits against federal agencies at least a dozen times.
Pruitt has sued the EPA to stop so-called vital protections for public health [vital according to the left, that is] – including standards for reducing soot and smog pollution that crosses interstate lines; protections against emissions of mercury, arsenic, acid gases and other toxic pollutants from power plants; and standards to improve air quality in national parks and wilderness areas. Each time he failed.
He sued the EPA twice over the Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
“The EPA does not possess the authority under the Clean Air Act to accomplish what it proposes in the unlawful Clean Power Plan,” Pruitt said in a statement. “The EPA is ignoring the authority granted by Congress to states to regulate power plant emissions at their source.
“The Clean Power Plan is an unlawful attempt to expand federal bureaucrats’ authority over states’ energy economies in order to shutter coal-fired power plants and eventually other sources of fossil-fuel generated electricity. This would substantially threaten energy affordability and reliability for consumers, industry and energy producers in Oklahoma.”
Besides air pollution, immigration and health care, Pruitt has fought federal laws and regulations on banking, contraception and endangered species. These days, whenever states go to court against the Obama administration, the chances are that Pruitt is somehow involved.
Pruitt set up the first-ever ‘federalism unit’ to combat occurrences of federal overreach through all means available.
Pruitt’s court challenges are almost always based on states’ rights.
In Pruitt’s view, Congress should make laws and the executive branch should administer them. Everything else should be left to the states. Instead, Pruitt says, “you see federal agencies taking license. That’s simply not how our checks and balances work.”
Pruitt’s goal, he says, is always to maintain the system of government as the framers intended though he is accused of partisanship.
Pruitt has said, “We live in a consequential time,” he says. “Precedent is being set.”
Pruitt has questioned “the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind.” That’s a violation of the climate change religion. He doesn’t believe the science is settled which is heresy.
“No state should comply with the Clean Power Plan if it means surrendering decision-making authority to the EPA,” Pruitt has said.