Wheeler’s EPA furthering the legacy Pruitt left behind

Jun 05, 2019, 8:18 AM EDT
(Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture/flickr)
(Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture/flickr)

Scott Pruitt, former administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the U.S., displayed admirable enthusiasm in diluting environmental regulations and making the agency’s functioning opaque — all in good faith toward his true patrons — the fossil fuel industry.

More than one-and-a-half years later, his successor Andrew Wheeler doesn’t disappoint in upholding and even furthering the legacy left behind by Pruitt. The two, however, differ in their brand of corruption with Pruitt being “bumbling and often transparently self-serving” and Wheeler more “insidious and polish,” writes Eco Watch.

Earlier this month, a series of documents and emails received by the Sierra Club and Clean Wisconsin revealed how Pruitt asked EPA scientists to set aside their apprehensions about smog pollution as he rooted for the development of a manufacturing plant in southeastern Wisconsin to serve his political interests.

Now, as the current administrator, Wheeler is caught doing something similar when he testified before Congress and “falsely” attributed the weakening of Obama-era fuel-efficiency standards to EPA expert staff’s recommendations.