Almost from the moment that Scott Pruitt was named as Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, employees of the EPA have been risking their careers to object.
Nearly 450 former Environmental Protection Agency employees Monday urged Congress to reject President Trump’s nominee to run the agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, even as current employees in Chicago sent the same message during a noon rally.
And with Pruitt’s vote scheduled for Friday evening, they’re still at it.
Employees of the Environmental Protection Agency have been calling their senators to urge them to vote on Friday against the confirmation of Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s contentious nominee to run the agency, a remarkable display of activism and defiance that presages turbulent times ahead for the E.P.A.
With a bill before Congress to terminate the EPA, Trump’s transition manager suggesting to neuter the agency with enormous cuts, and Pruitt having sued the EPA 13 times, there is every reason to be concerned.
And now Pruitt has been ordered to release thousands of emails showing his collusion with energy companies that have been hidden by Pruitt’s office in Oklahoma.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, brought up the more than 50 unresolved Open Records Act requests given to Pruitt’s office during his EPA confirmation hearings. Whitehouse said the lack of transparency was one of the reasons that Democrats opposed Pruitt’s nomination.
But those documents won’t be visible until Tuesday — by which time, Republicans are confident they’ll have Pruitt in place.