Embattled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced his resignation on Thursday. Pruitt has been embroiled in multiple scandals related to multiple conflicts of interest and frequent misappropriation of agency resources. Most notably, Pruitt installed a $43,000 soundproof booth in his department office and used staffers to try to help his wife open a Chik Fil A franchise. These scandals overshadowed Pruitt’s substantial reshaping of the EPA, which will undoubtedly leave a lasting imprint on U.S. environmental policy.
UConn Daily Campus: Emma Hungaski thinks Scott Pruitt “is the kind of man who plays favorites and does not understand how to make ethical decisions that accompany a cabinet position.”
• “During Pruitt’s time in office he has become well known for his fine work in rolling back Obama-era policies that are protecting our planet from imminent destruction.”
• “In the midst of an administration that seems to be testing the limits when it comes to our citizens’ trust and forgiveness, we do not need another advisor to the president being linked to corruption and scandal.”
Arkansas Traveler: JP Gairhan views Pruitt as “a champion of the climate change-denial movement.”
• “Pruitt told Fox News that the president will “set a new course” that is both “pro-jobs” and “pro-environment.” It’s hard to understand how rolling back carbon emission standards is pro-environment.”
• He therefore was “actively making policy contradictory to the purpose of his job.”
UC Davis California Aggie: Erin Hamilton argues that “what Mr. Pruitt has ultimately achieved is the elimination of a formerly reliable source at a time when the world needs as many unbiased outlets as possible.”
• “Mr. Pruitt and Mr. Trump slyly reinvented the EPA’s website without having to outwardly admit their intentions” by removing references to climate change.
• “The only way to convince even the most stubborn of skeptics is by flooding their daily lives with enough facts to get the point across.”
• “Therefore, Pruitt’s transformation of the EPA website is much more devastating than you’d initially be led to believe, as it further encourages the climate of ignorance currently sweeping the nation in the wake of the 2016 presidential election.”
The Bottom Line:
There is not much love lost between Scott Pruitt and college students. Much to the horror of environmentally-conscious students, Pruitt’s efforts to decrease regulations have been critical to the president’s pro-business agenda. Pruitt will be replaced by Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, who is widely expected to follow his predecessor’s model in running the EPA.