Andrew Wheeler, acting administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, could be just as—if not more—dangerous as his disgraced predecessor, Scott Pruitt. A former coal industry lobbyist and Washington insider, he worked for polluters like Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray, who has been vocal about dismantling the climate-saving Clean Power Plan. Wheeler also served as legislative aide to the infamous climate denier Senator Jim Inhofe.
With the ouster of Pruitt, we've been watching Wheeler’s every move—and he's been following in Pruitt's footsteps to put millions of Americans and the environment at risk. He's continuing to push for a dangerous pro-polluter agenda, such as slashing protections against air pollution, threatening our drinking water supplies, attacking safeguards against toxic chemicals, and undermining efforts to fight climate change. No matter who’s running the EPA, President Trump will continue to put the interests of polluters ahead of public health and the environment—and NRDC will keep fighting back, in and out of court, to stand up for our clean air and water, public lands, and clean energy future.