Who Is Andrew Wheeler? Scott Pruitt's EPA Replacement Was Coal Industry Lobbyist

by Fredrick Graves July 7, 2018, 1:22
Who Is Andrew Wheeler? Scott Pruitt's EPA Replacement Was Coal Industry Lobbyist

Pruitt, who has done much to deregulate numerous Obama-era environmental rules, is also accused of using his sway to secure a six-figure job for his wife. A longtime Inhofe staffer, Andrew Wheeler, was tapped to take over for Pruitt as acting head of the agency.

"P.S., I transferred a sum of $152.4 million from the EPA to a personal account Cayman Islands on my last day".

He said Pruitt could overcome criticism from environmental groups and unflattering stories in the media, but not the lengthy list of political scandals that includes asking EPA staff to pick up dry cleaning and trying to obtain a used Trump hotel mattress for his apartment. Wheeler is a former coal industry lobbyist.

Even without a blemish, Pruitt had a target on his back from the start because he threatened the liberal religion of environmentalism.

Like President Trump, Wheeler is active on Twitter, although he has not tweeted since the news of his appointment was announced.

Democratic US Representative Gerry Connolly said after his resignation: "Scott Pruitt's reign of venality is finally over".

Mink said she hopes her lunchtime interaction with Pruitt "empowers everyone who'd like to speak to their public officials - if you have something to say, say it".

In his resignation letter, posted by Fox News, the former Oklahoma attorney general thanked President Trump for his courage and commitment to "historical regulatory reform".

Bowing out after months of scandals, Scott Pruitt is turning the Environmental Protection Agency over to a far less flashy deputy who is expected to continue Pruitt's rule-cutting, business-friendly ways as steward of the country's environment. "As we have proven again and again, when the EPA threatens New Yorkers' health and environment, we will take the agency to court - and we will win".

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"In addition to spending a decade getting paid to push corporate polluter interests in Washington, Wheeler has made clear he will do everything in his power to roll back essential safeguards that protect our air, water, and families from harmful toxins like mercury, arsenic, lead, and other pollution".

Wheeler is not someone who has sought the spotlight.

As the CV may suggest, Wheeler is no stranger to the intricacies of environmental policy or the kinds of tasks that await him at the top of the EPA.

The duration of Wheeler's tenure at the EPA is uncertain. "He came to me and said I have such great confidence in the administration I don't want to be a distraction".

Pruitt was at the White House with other cabinet members on Wednesday evening, celebrating the Fourth of July and watching fireworks.

The conclusion: Wheeler has all of the same environmental positions as Pruitt, but he's much smarter at navigating Beltway politics.

And then Committee Chairman John Barrasso (R-WY.), who ad agreed to have Pruitt appear before his committee in August, weighed in.

"Going from a train wreck to a house on fire doesn't give us comfort", Deans says. "Americans will not tolerate another EPA administrator whose primary goal is to fight the core mission of the EPA".

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