The Republican Senate, on Friday, voted to confirm a science skeptic to head the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Reuters reports.
“The installation of Scott Pruitt, who sued the agency he intends to lead more than a dozen times as Oklahoma attorney general, reinforces expectations on both sides of the political divide that America will cede its position as a leader in the global fight on climate change.”
“Nearly 800 former EPA staff urged the Senate to reject Pruitt in a letter this week, saying he had ‘shown no interest in enforcing environmental laws.’ ”
“If you don’t believe in climate science, you don’t belong at the EPA,” said May Boeve, the head of environmentalist group 350.org.
“Trump is likely to issue executive orders as soon as next week to reshape the EPA, sources said.”