Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Judge Orders EPA to Share Evidence for Pruitt’s Climate Change Claims

Judge Orders EPA to Share Evidence for Pruitt’s Climate Change Claims

Scott Pruitt commented Wednesday on his recent Chick-fil-A business venture, stating, "with great change comes great opposition" when referring to the "changes" he's making at the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Look, my wife is an entrepreneur herself - I love, she loves, we love". He's "doing really, really well", Trump said Wednesday, at a gathering with Pruitt and other agency and Cabinet leaders. "So, that's something we were very excited about. It's an exciting time". This week, the Washington Post reported that, barely three months after taking office, Pruitt dispatched an EPA aide to arrange a meeting with Chick-fil-A CEO Dan Cathy, for a "potential business opportunity". Emails obtained by the Post showed several messages between Hupp and officials at the restaurant chain that is headquartered in College Park, Georgia.

GOP members of Congress have largely followed Trump's lead in sticking by Pruitt, though there were increasing signs cracks are developing in that support. "They're President Trump's policies".

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Apparently, Wilcox has had a rough day answering questions about the impending departure of EPA aide Millan Hupp. She also signed off on $1,560 in custom fountain pens.

"Sarah has been a tremendous leader within the agency, overseeing the start of the WOTUS rewrite as well as playing a vital role in our worldwide relations", Pruitt said in a statement.

She is the fourth senior EPA political appointee to resign in the last two months, since news first broke that Pruitt a year ago leased a bargain-priced Capitol Hill condo tied to an oil and gas lobbyist.

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Their resignations leave Pruitt increasingly isolated at the EPA, where he has lost the confidence of most of the agency's career staff and many conservative political appointees who feel that Pruitt's ethical lapses have done a disservice to the President's agenda.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the committee's ranking Democrat, called the errands a violation of federal law on gifts from subordinates.

Pruitt is the subject of about a dozen inquiries to his role as administrator and this week has seen a steady stream of Republicans criticizing him.

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