April 17, 2017
By Myriam Alexander-Kearns –
Former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt came to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) promising to eliminate the Clean Power Plan, a priority for the coal industry and utilities, and to get rid of methane standards, a priority for the oil and gas industries.
Shortly thereafter, President Donald Trump issued a wide-ranging executive orderon climate, which calls for a rewrite of the Clean Power Plan and Obama-era limits on methane leaks. But the order is just one example of how the EPA is prioritizing industry demands over public health and environmental protection.
In exactly two months as EPA head, Pruitt has issued several orders complying with oil, gas, chemical, and automobile industry preferences.