Iowa Lawmakers Share Their Thoughts on Scott Pruitt’s Resignation

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White House officials had been urging Trump for months to fire Pruitt, after a wave of scandals threatened to embarrass the administration even further.

Wheeler declined an interview with CNN, instead offering a statement defending his ethics record.

The new EPA administrator's other affiliations include serving as the vice president of the Washington Coal Club, an organization made up of 300 coal producers, lawmakers, and energy industry executives, according to environmental policy non-profit the National Resources Defense Council. That closeness was evident past year when Wheeler held a fundraiser for Inhofe, as well as for Senator John Barrasso of Wyoming, chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, which advanced Wheeler's nomination by a party-line 11-10 vote.

He was also an aide to Sen.

A former lobbyist for Murray Energy, the nation's largest underground coal mining company, Wheeler also worked for Inhofe on efforts to combat climate legislation.

An internal EPA email shows that the same month Wheeler was lobbying the Interior Department to shrink Bears Ears, his lobbying colleagues at Faegre-Baker-Daniels were over at the EPA discussing abandoned uranium mines and their cleanup contracts.

Wheeler was only marginally approved as EPA deputy in April.

"He is not an accidental administrator".

Wheeler left a position as a top aide in the Senate almost a decade ago to become a successful lobbyist for the energy industry. That time can be extended longer depending on when Trump decides to nominate a replacement. "We're going to follow the law that Congress has given us".

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As acting EPA head, "Andrew Wheeler is well prepared to continue the progress already made under President Trump", Barrasso added. We had at one point three different schedules.

Pruitt transformed the way the EPA considered scientific findings in making regulatory decisions, giving industries more of a say in decision-making and academic scientists less.

The agency proposed weakening the environmental standards for gliders based on a study that was backed by Fitzgerald, the country's biggest glider manufacturer.

And in his own words, Wheeler is unsure about the extent of the impact humans have on climate change, despite the overwhelming consensus among the scientific community that people are largely responsible for the recent temperature increases. "He loves animals, he loves clean air, he loves clean water".

"I believe man has an impact on the climate but what's not completely understood is what the impact is", Wheeler said at his EPA confirmation hearing, reluctant to be drawn too much by senators on his view of what is driving climate change.

Senator Kamala Harris, Democrat from California:"Just because Scott Pruitt resigned doesn't mean we've forgotten about the taxpayer funds he's misused or the damage he's done to our environment".

'We're proud of him for that, ' Pollard said. Sheldon Whitehouse, offered a slightly rosier outlook Friday.

As the head of the EPA, Pruitt presided over the substantial roll-back of environmental regulations, as well as the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accords.

"Clear-eyed leadership at EPA could help prevent the carbon bubble we are headed for as fossil fuel reserves end up stranded and potentially trillions of dollars get wiped off energy company books", Whitehouse said in a statement emailed to NPR.

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