Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is the newest Trump team pick from President-elect Donald Trump.
Scott Pruitt is the Trump to pick to be the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA.) Here are 10 things to know about him.
- He is a major opponent standing against Climate Change claims.
Pruitt has been a strong ally to oil and gas companies.
These efforts include taking on a group of Democratic attorneys general that are investigating Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) over its approach to Climate Change.
He has fought President Barack Obama on environmental regulations.
His time as head of the EPA will likely see him reducing the regulations put in place by the current President of the United States.
Environmentalists are already asking the Senate to deny his selection, but this is unlikely due to it being under the control of Republicans.
It is possible that Pruitt’s legal background may even help Trump completely dismantle the EPA.
He previously ran a legal office named Christian Legal Services that fought government for individual rights.
Pruitt grew up in Kentucky, but left to go to law school in Oklahoma.
He first ran for the Oklahoma Attorney General position in 2010.
“Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind,” Scott Pruitt said in an interview obtained by The New York Times. “That debate should be encouraged — in classrooms, public forums, and the halls of Congress. It should not be silenced with threats of prosecution. Dissent is not a crime.” Read