(Matt Davies, Newsday)
The latest inmate to join in running neo- fascist climate change denier Donald "Rump" Trump's
Pruitt, who has described the science on climate change as “unsettled” (it’s not), has sued the EPA challenging its authority to regulate under the Clean Water Act, and over President Obama’s Clean Power Plan to reduce emissions from coal-fired power plants, among other issues. He argued before Congress earlier this year that states should have the primary responsibility for environmental regulation, reserving federal action only for water and air pollution issues that cross state lines.
“Air and water quality issues can cross state lines, and can sometimes require federal intervention,” Pruitt said. “At the same time, the EPA was never intended to be our nation’s frontline environmental regulator. The states were to have regulatory primacy." [snip]
Pruitt has made no secret of his close relationship with the oil-and-gas industry, a major player in Oklahoma, so it’s hard not to see his appointment as putting the fox in charge of the hen house. The New York Times reported two years ago that Pruitt was among several state attorneys general who were working with oil and gas industry figures to challenge federal laws and jurisdiction over regulations — including submitting letters on his attorney general stationery to the EPA that were written by energy lobbyists.So, to repeat, there wasn't a dime's worth of difference between Clinton and Trump, there wasn't a dime's worth of diff...