Donald Trump has tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
Pruitt has a long history with the EPA, but it's not a friendly one.
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argued against environmental regulations and played a role in the 28-state lawsuit against President Obama following his new effort to cut carbon emissions.
Pruitt has called the EPA a "
byzantine regulatory regime." He's also called any antagonism toward climate change nonbelievers " un-American."
Addressing climate change is one of the EPA's top priorities. But conservatives like Pruitt have accused the agency of federal overreach.
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"We believe that is a form of coercion by the EPA, forcing the states to take action — to do what? Accomplish the shifting of electricity generation to other sources," Pruitt said during a Federalist Society panel discussion.
Trump's pick has been
denounced by progressives as a step backward in the fight against climate change.