Scott Pruitt makes first speech as EPA director

She ordered him to release most of the emails by next week.

In July 2013, Pruitt gave lawyers at Devon a first crack at a letter he planned to send criticizing proposed federal restrictions on methane emissions from natural gas drilling sites.

The Trump administration is drafting a pair of executive orders aimed at rolling back both policies, The Washington Postreported on Monday, citing unidentified sources. He also sued over the EPA's recent expansion of water bodies regulated under the Clean Water Act, a federal measure opposed by industries that would be forced to clean up polluted wastewater.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2007 in MA v. EPA that the Clean Air Act provides the agency with authorization to regulate the greenhouse gas emissions that are causing the planet to warm.

Given the scope of EPA's regulatory authority, everyone from the board room to the coal mines is reading the tea leaves to determine EPA's agenda for the next several years.

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"Regulations ought to make things regular", he told the employees.

One 2013 note from Matt Ball, an executive at the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity, to Pruitt and an Oklahoma congressman read in part: "Thank you to your respective bosses and all they are doing to push back against President [Barack] Obama's EPA and its axis with liberal environmental groups to increase energy costs for Oklahomans and American families across the states". They argued the vote should be put off until a trove of emails between Pruitt's Oklahoma office and fossil fuel companies were released.

Given Pruitt's criticism of the Clean Power Plan, most prognosticators believe the Clean Power Plan will not survive in its current form under Administrator Pruitt.

EPA had planned to use the CPP as a tool to compel states to develop and implement plans to reduce Carbon dioxide emissions, especially from power plants.

"General Pruitt asked that I share his DC dates with you in hopes to set up a meeting", the assistant wrote to Sarah Magruder Lyle, AFPM's vice president for strategic initiatives. And Pruitt appears to have made a false claim under oath during his confirmation hearings to suggest he pursued an environmental lawsuit against a company.

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The delay was also attacked by Pruitt's critics. He highlighted during his testimony that the previous Administration rejected State Implementation Plans promulgated under the Clean Air Act on numerous occasions and issued 56 Federal Implementation Plans to replace them. There are countless other interests out there that are pro-energy and pro-jobs. He has promised instead to work in greater "partnership" with the states.

"Based on his record of putting polluter profits before people, Pruitt will undoubtedly be the most risky EPA administrator in history", Hooks claims.

The other order will instruct the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to revamp the 2015 Waters of the United States rule that applies to 60 percent of the water bodies in the country. Challenges to both rules are now working their way through the court system, but Pruitt made clear that he does not intend to wait for the courts to decide before initiating the rule-making process necessary to withdraw both rules.

Yesterday, a spokesman for the Oklahoma attorney general's office said it went "above and beyond" what is required under the law, providing thousands of additional documents in response to the litigation. One Obama-era communications staffer, Liz Purchia, agreed, saying, "Accomplishing agency priorities was no easy task when the administrator had staff's back and politicals and careers agreed the majority of the time, so let's see how well Trump's EPA does getting staff to follow them when they feel disrespected".

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