EPA Nominee Opposes RFS, WOTUS

Dan Industry News Release

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency. In the past, Pruitt has filed legal challenges against the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule and greenhouse gas regulations. Agri-Pulse reports that Pruitt met this week with Trump about the position. Pruitt has been a vocal critic of the Renewable Fuels Standard, calling the RFS a “flawed program.” Pruitt has also filed legal challenges against the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank law, under which the Administration has implemented new regulations on the futures market. Pruitt was first elected Oklahoma Attorney General back in 2010. He’s established a “federalism unit” within the state Solicitor General’s Office to challenge regulations. Pruitt also questioned the legal and scientific basis for the Obama administration to attack climate change, saying, “Scientists continue to disagree about the extent of climate change and its connection to the actions of mankind.” Oklahoma Republican Senator Jim Inhofe, who chairs the Environment and Public Works Committee, says he expects no problems with getting Pruitt confirmed in the Senate.

From the National Association of Farm Broadcasting news service.