Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Thursday celebrated Scott Pruitt’s resignation as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, calling him “the worst EPA administrator in the history of the agency.”
“Not only has he acted, time and time again, in an unethical manner, but he has led the agency in exactly the wrong direction,” Sanders said in a statement.
Pruitt announced his resignation following a slew of alleged ethics violations over the past year, which have prompted more than a dozen federal investigations.
Instead of protecting our environment and combating climate change, he has worked to protect the interests of the fossil fuel industry and polluters all over the country,” Sanders said.
“His resignation is a positive step forward for our country. I will do everything possible to see that the next EPA administrator actually believes in environmental protection.”
Sanders also took the time to warn of Pruitt’s replacement:
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday denounced Andrew Wheeler, who is slated to replace the recently resigned Scott Pruitt as acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
Speaking to Jim Sciutto on “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” the independent Vermont senator said he is “vigorously opposed” to Wheeler as Pruitt’s replacement.
“We need an EPA administrator — and I know this is a radical idea — that actually believes in environmental protection,” Sanders said, “rather than just the profits of the oil, gas or coal industry.”
Asked by Sciutto how Democrats would block Wheeler should he go through the confirmation process, Sanders said they will need to “get a handful of Republican senators … and get them on board to demand that Trump appoint an EPA administrator who represents the American people and not just the fossil fuel industry.”
Scott Pruitt was the worst EPA administrator in the history of the agency. Not only has he acted, time and time again, in an unethical manner, but he has led the agency in exactly the wrong direction. https://t.co/iRUR6sST5e
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 5, 2018
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