U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt went on a radio interview during which conservative cohost Andrea Lindenburg praised his role at the EPA, saying, “I like what Donald Trump had done here as president. He took a guy who wanted to get rid of the EPA—dismantle it—and put him in charge of it.” Pruitt chuckled and replied, “Ha. That’s right.” Pruitt then gushed about the EPA's new role under his leadership, one that purports to achieve President Trump’s vision of U.S. “energy dominance” by cutting back nearly two dozen oil and gas regulations. Pruitt also explained how he is working to shrink the staff “to make sure the agency is the right size.” Too bad he’s not concerned with achieving the EPA's actual mission of protecting public health and the environment.
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Today's budget testimony from the EPA Administrator leaves us wondering who exactly is protecting our environment and health.
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