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EPA Email on Trump Backfires, Says He's Burying Head in Sand

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President Donald Trump signs Energy Independence Executive Order. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 31 Mar 2017 07:17 AM

An EPA email supposed to be praising President Donald Trump's executive order dismantling Obama-era climate policies backfired when it misquoted Sen. Shelly Moore Capito as saying Trump was burying his head in the sand.

The Environmental Protection Agency's email included quotes praising Trump for his action, but one quote attributed to West Virginia Republican Capito was jarring, noted Bloomberg.

"With this executive order, President Trump has chosen to recklessly bury his head in the sand," said the Capito quote, per The Hill. "Walking away from the Clean Power Plan and other climate initiatives, including critical resiliency projects is not just irresponsible – it's irrational."

The quote actually came from Democratic Sen. Tom Carper, a critic of the executive order, noted Bloomberg.

EPA spokesman John Konkus called the mix-up an "unfortunate" error that happened when an internal draft was "mistakenly sent with a quote that belonged to Senator Carper but was wrongly attributed to Senator Capito, whom we originally meant to quote."

A corrected email was sent out about 1½ hours later, with the corrected quote from Capito, noted Bloomberg.

"Today, President Trump kept his promise to roll back one of the most harmful acts of overreach by the Obama administration – the so-called Clean Power Plan," Capito said of the Trump's executive order in a statement posted on her Capito's website.

"… Stopping this disastrous plan will preserve America's coal industry, expand our manufacturing renaissance that is reliant upon affordable energy, and protect American families from unprecedented hikes in their electric bills."

A spokeswoman for Carper poked fun at the mistake, telling The Hill, "Sen. Carper is happy to lend his words to a good cause."

Trump's executive order directs the EPA and the Secretary of the Interior to review, revise or rescind, several regulations "that may place unnecessary, costly burdens on coal-fired electric utilities, coal miners, and oil and gas producers," according to the EPA.

"The American people deserve an EPA that works to protect both the environment and enables a growing economy," said EPA administrator Scott Pruitt. "Our EPA puts America first. President Trump has a clear vision to create jobs and his vision is completely compatible with a clean and healthy environment."

"By taking these actions today, the EPA is returning the agency to its core mission of protecting public health while also being pro-energy independence."

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An EPA email supposed to be praising President Donald Trump's executive order dismantling Obama-era climate policies backfired when it misquoted Sen. Shelly Moore Capito as saying Trump was burying his head in the sand.
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