Monday, January 2, 2017

Senators dig into Scott Pruitt’s fossil fuel connections before confirmation hearings begin

Pruitt is an active member of the Rule of Law Defense Fund, which has received $175,000 from the Koch brothers.

Six Democratic members of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee sent a letter to Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Wednesday, asking that he answer questions about his ties to the fossil fuel industry and a conservative nonprofit funded in part by petrochemical billionaires Charles and David Koch. Pruitt has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to take on the role of EPA administrator, and the Senators behind the letter are looking for more information about how his ties to the fossil fuel industry might influence his work at the EPA before confirmation hearings begin.
The letter, signed by Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Edward Markey (D-MA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Ben Cardin (D-MD), asked for more information regarding Pruitt’s ties to the fossil fuel industry, a connection first highlighted by a 2014 New York Times investigation. Read full story here 

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