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EPA's Pruitt Questions Obama Being Called 'Environmental Savior'

(Washington Examiner)

By    |   Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017 02:10 PM

Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, called into question former President Barack Obama's reputation as a guardian of the environment.

"What is it about the past administration? Everyone looks at the Obama administration as being the environmental savior. Really? He was the environmental savior? He's the gold standard, right? He left us with more superfund sites than when he came in . . . He tried to regulate CO2 twice and flunked twice . . . so what's so great about that record? I don't know," Pruitt said in an interview posted Wednesday with the Washington Examiner.

The EPA should focus on the agency's core mission: protecting air, water, and public health in the U.S., Pruitt said in the Examiner interview. 

He said he showed his commitment to those goals by leading EPA response to recent hurricanes Harvey and Irma. He also said he is focused on rolling back the Obama administration's focus on climate change.

The administrator has removed regulations that block carbon dioxide emissions, which scientists have said contribute to man-made climate change. He also urged President Donald Trump to exit the Paris climate change accord — Trump did so on June 1.

Climate change should not be a main concern, Pruitt said.

"The cause and effect of these storms, is it really the priority and where we should focus our attention right now? When I've got superfund sites, and we've got wastewater treatment facilities, and we've got drinking water issues and we've got all these access to fuel and power outages."

"I just think it's insensitive and it's absolute misplaced priorities," Pruitt added.

He said the agency could help the environment while also taking advantage of natural resources.

"The greatest thing we can do is help reorient thinking, that as a country, you can be an environmental steward and also about growth. You can be about jobs," Pruitt said in the Examiner interview.

On Friday, Pruitt said discussing climate change should not be a priority during hurricane relief efforts.

"There's the place (and time) to do that, but it's not now," Pruitt said.

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