Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt will be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under President-elect Donald Trump, his transition team said Thursday.
Pruitt, who has clashed with President Barack Obama on climate change and environmental issues, is the only candidate Trump is expected to pick to lead the agency, according to two sources familiar with the matter.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael Brune, a Trump supporter, said Pruitt’s selection would help Trump win back conservative voters, who have been turned off by a Democratic administration and the Obama-era climate change policies.
“The real problem with the EPA is it’s a bunch of bureaucrats and people who don’t care about climate change, who don.t care about clean air, who aren’t concerned about human health and are going to waste their time,” Brune said.
Puitt’s selection marks a change in tone for Pruitt, who campaigned as an environmentalist and has opposed any regulatory changes that could impact the environment.
He has said he opposes new limits on carbon emissions.
Pumping oil and gas in the Oklahoma City area and expanding coal-fired power plants are among Pruitt’s top priorities.