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Scott Pruitt

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Born: 9 May 1968

The 14th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, serving from 17 February 2017 to 6 July 2018.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Scott Pruitt page on 30 April 2020, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Edward Scott Pruitt is an American lawyer, lobbyist and Republican politician from the state of Oklahoma. He served as the fourteenth Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from February 17, 2017, to July 6, 2018. He was nominated for the EPA position by President Donald Trump and was confirmed by the United States Senate to lead the EPA in a 52–46 vote. Pruitt rejects the scientific consensus on climate change.

Pruitt represented Tulsa and Wagoner counties in the Oklahoma Senate from 1998 until 2006. In 2010, Pruitt was elected Attorney General of Oklahoma. In that role, he was pro-life, opposed same-sex marriage, the Affordable Care Act, and environmental regulations as a self-described "leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda." In his campaigns for Oklahoma Attorney General, Pruitt received major corporate and employee campaign contributions from the fossil fuel industry, taking in at least $215,574 between 2010 and 2014 even though he ran unopposed in the latter year. As Oklahoma's Attorney General, Pruitt sued the Environmental Protection Agency at least 14 times regarding the agency's actions. In 2012, Pruitt was elected as chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association and re-elected for a second term in February 2013.

By July 2018, Pruitt was under at least 14 separate federal investigations by the Government Accountability Office, the EPA inspector general, the White House Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, and two House committees over his spending habits, conflicts of interest, extreme secrecy, and management practices. Pruitt made frequent use of first-class travel as well as frequent charter and military flights. As EPA administrator, Pruitt leased a condo in Washington, D.C., at a deeply discounted rate from a lobbyist whose clients were regulated by the EPA. Pruitt further caused ethics concerns by circumventing the White House and using a narrow provision of the Safe Drinking Water Act to autonomously give raises to his two closest aides of approximately $28,000 and $57,000 each, which were substantially higher than salaries paid to those in similar positions in the Obama administration, and which allowed both to avoid signing conflicts of interest pledges. By June 2018, amid a steady succession of revelations of misconduct, a growing chorus of conservatives had begun suggesting that Pruitt should resign. On July 5, 2018, Pruitt announced he would resign from office on July 6, leaving Andrew R. Wheeler as the acting head of the agency.


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DateArticleAuthor/Source
22 March 2017Notice of Intention To Reconsider the Final Determination of the Mid-Term Evaluation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Model Year 2022-2025 Light Duty VehiclesFederal Register: NHTSA/EPA (Elaine L. Chao & E. Scott Pruitt)
12 April 2017Relaxation of the Federal Reid Vapor Pressure Gasoline Volatility Standard for Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson Counties, TennesseeFederal Register: EPA (E. Scott Pruitt)
7 June 2017Approval of Tennessee's Request To Relax the Federal Reid Vapor Pressure Gasoline Volatility Standard for Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson Counties; and Minor Technical Corrections for Federal Reid Vapor Pressure Gasoline Volatility Standards in Other AreasFederal Register: EPA (E. Scott Pruitt)
9 August 2017Relaxation of the Federal Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) Gasoline Volatility Standard for Several Parishes in LouisianaFederal Register: EPA (E. Scott Pruitt)
17 August 2017Relaxation of the Federal Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) Gasoline Volatility Standard for Shelby County (Memphis), TennesseeFederal Register: EPA (E. Scott Pruitt)
21 August 2017Request for Comment on Reconsideration of the Final Determination of the Mid-Term Evaluation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Model Year 2022-2025 Light-Duty Vehicles; Request for Comment on Model Year 2021 Greenhouse Gas Emissions StandardsFederal Register: NHTSA/EPA (Elaine L. Chao & E. Scott Pruitt)
28 September 2017Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Refrigerant Management Regulations for Small Cans of Motor Vehicle RefrigerantFederal Register: EPA (E. Scott Pruitt)
28 September 2017Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Refrigerant Management Regulations for Small Cans of Motor Vehicle RefrigerantFederal Register: EPA (E. Scott Pruitt)
16 November 2017Repeal of Emission Requirements for Glider Vehicles, Glider Engines, and Glider KitsFederal Register: EPA (E. Scott Pruitt)
30 November 2017Notice of Denial of Petitions for Rulemaking To Change the RFS Point of ObligationFederal Register: EPA (E. Scott Pruitt)
26 December 2017Approval of Louisiana's Request To Relax the Federal Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) Gasoline Volatility Standard for Several ParishesFederal Register: EPA (E. Scott Pruitt)
26 December 2017Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Refrigerant Management Regulations for Small Cans of Motor Vehicle RefrigerantFederal Register: EPA (E. Scott Pruitt)
27 December 2017Protection of Stratospheric Ozone: Refrigerant Management Regulations for Small Cans of Motor Vehicle RefrigerantFederal Register: EPA (E. Scott Pruitt)
13 April 2018Mid-Term Evaluation of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standards for Model Year 2022–2025 Light-Duty VehiclesFederal Register: EPA (E. Scott Pruitt)
14 June 2018Relaxation of the Federal Reid Vapor Pressure (RVP) Gasoline Volatility Standard for Baton Rouge, LouisianaFederal Register: EPA (E. Scott Pruitt)


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