Scott Pruitt claims he doesn’t play favorites, but a recent analysis shows that in his first seven months as head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, he met with industry representatives 25 times more than he met with environmental advocates. Oil, gas, coal, and mining representatives dominated Pruitt's calendar, accounting for about half of those industry meetings, while a mix of agribusiness groups and biofuels producers made up the rest. Over the same course of time, Pruitt met with only four environmental or public health advocacy groups. While Pruitt’s pro-polluter stance has always been obvious—most apparent in his climate change denial and continued rollbacks of environmental laws—the analysis comes in the wake of ethics scandals that now threaten his job.
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