Scott Pruitt has tapped Samantha Dravis, a legal ally from his fights against the EPA, to head the agency’s Office of Policy. Dravis served as a senior advisor for the Republican Attorneys General Association and, as president of its affiliate, the Rule of Law Defense Fund, alongside Pruitt who was chairman for both organizations. Heavily funded by fossil fuel companies, the two organizations led the battle against Obama’s Clean Power Plan and other agency rules opposed by the oil and gas industry. An op-ed of hers last September slammed the Clean Power Plan as another example of the Obama administration's "executive power unleashed and unhinged." Dravis also once worked as counsel to Freedom Partners, one of the groups funded by the pro-polluter Koch brothers.
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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).
ExplainerUnited StatesBrian Palmer
The incoming head of the EPA believes states should be in charge of their own environmental regulations. Been there, done that, got the oil-soaked T-shirt.
WASHINGTON – The Oklahoma state attorney general’s office released emails this week, as required by a state court, shedding light on the relationship between industry and Scott Pruitt, the new administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, while he served…