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President Donald Trump shakes hands with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt after announcing his decision for the United States to pull out of the Paris climate agreement in the Rose Garden at the White House June 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. "Pruitt created a culture of corruption at EPA that has never been seen before in a federal agency, and for months President Trump idly stood by and allowed him to do further harm". "We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!"
Republicans say Wheeler is well-qualified to lead the EPA, having worked at the agency early in his career.
"Andrew Wheeler's coal credentials are without equal".
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Mr Trump has praised Mr Pruitt for slashing regulations on the energy and manufacturing industries, including his move to repeal Democratic former president Barack Obama's signature program to cut carbon emissions from power plants, known as the Clean Power Plan.
Pruitt was a former Oklahoma attorney general who filed a number of lawsuits against the EPA, according to the agency's website. Truly, your confidence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your Administration. His actions as EPA administrator not only raised serious ethical concerns, but hurt Iowa farmers by recklessly undercutting of the Renewable Fuel Standard. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, were the only Democrats to support Wheeler. All three face tough re-elections in states Trump won easily last fall. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J.
Pallone last month accused Pruitt's EPA of "betraying the bipartisan effort" that led to passage led to a law updating federal chemical regulations and was named for the late U.S. Sen. "Americans will not tolerate another EPA administrator whose primary goal is to fight the core mission of the EPA".
Wheeler, whom Trump appointed as the EPA's second-in-command, is a former lobbyist that represented America's largest coal mining company, the erstwhile vice president of the Washington Coal Club, and ex-legislative aide to Senator James Inhofe (R-OK), who is among Congress's most outspoken climate change deniers.