Another day, another Scott Pruitt ethics scandal. News recently surfaced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator rented an apartment in 2017 for a suspiciously low fee of $50 per night, about a third of what similar rooms go for in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. A coowner of the condo is Vicki Hart, who is married to J. Steven Hart, a top energy lobbyist. Ethics rule typically bar executive branch employees from receiving outside gifts to prevent conflicts of interest. Hart claims he and Pruitt are only “casual friends,” despite his donations to Pruitt's previous campaigns as Oklahoma attorney general and his throwing a fundraising event for Pruitt in 2014. Disclosure forms show that Hart's firm, Williams & Jensen, represents Oklahoma Gas & Electric, which is currently pushing for the EPA to weaken its rules on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. You don’t say.
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The case for firing the EPA administrator keeps getting stronger.
Latest NewsUnited StatesJeff Turrentine
Muzzling scientists, scrubbing websites, attacking journalists: all in a shameful day’s work for our bought-and-paid-for EPA administrator. It’s time to stop him.
ExplainerPuerto Rico, New York City, United States, ClevelandBrian Palmer
Let’s not forget what America looked like before we had the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Our rivers caught on fire, our air was full of smog, and it stank (literally).