Pruitt resigns

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss:

Replaced with coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler.

Pruitt takes the loyalty test

“Don’t worry, boss! If you put me in charge, I’ll fire Mueller!”

How rude

Why Did Scott Pruitt Spend $1500 On 'Tactical Pants'? | All In | MSNBC

You can see the video at this link:

A woman publicly confronted Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt while he was eating lunch on Monday and urged him to resign, according to video posted on Facebook.

“EPA head Scott Pruitt was 3 tables away as I ate lunch with my child. I had to say something,” Kristin Mink posted on Facebook with an accompanying video of her encounter with Pruitt.

Minka, who is a schoolteacher according to her Facebook profile, lists off multiple scandals Pruitt has been ensnared in since becoming EPA chief, including the rental of a Capitol Hill condo owned by the wife of an influential lobbyist.

“We deserve to have somebody at the EPA who actually does protect our environment, someone who believes in climate change and takes it seriously for the benefit of all us, including our children,” Minka said.

“I would urge you to resign before your scandals push you out.”

Judge to Pruitt: Prove it

Thanks for judges who do their jobs:

EPA must produce the opposing body of science Administrator Scott Pruitt has relied upon to claim that humans are not the primary drivers of global warming, a federal judge has ruled.

The EPA boss has so far resisted attempts to show the science backing up his claims. His critics say such evidence doesn’t exist, even as Pruitt has called for greater science transparency at the agency.

Now, a court case may compel him to produce research that attempts to contradict the mountain of peer-reviewed studies collected by the world’s top science agencies over decades that show humans are warming the planet at an unprecedented pace through the burning of fossil fuels.

[…] “Particularly troubling is the apparent premise of this agency challenge to the FOIA request, namely: that the evidentiary basis for a policy or factual statement by an agency head, including about the scientific factors contributing to climate change, is inherently unknowable.”

Shocker

Coinky dink!

Carl Icahn Sells Tropicana Entertainment, as Billionaire Exits Casino Business

I have to tell you, it gets harder every day to read this crap. Because I don’t think it matters — assholes will still vote to keep the Trump scam going:

In December 2016, Donald Trump announced that he was naming billionaire investor Carl Icahn as “a special advisor to the President on issues relating to regulatory reform.” In August 2017, a New Yorker investigation by Patrick Radden Keefe found that Icahn had used his special position to advocate for the elimination of a federal rule requiring oil refineries to pay for “credits” if they don’t use enough renewable fuel. In a huge coincidence, Icahn is the controlling owner of an oil-refinery-owning company called CVR Energy that is subject to rule. In an even huger coincidence, Reuters now reports that the EPA has given CVR Energy an exemption from having to buy the credits:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted a financial hardship waiver to an oil refinery owned by billionaire Carl Icahn, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, exempting the Oklahoma facility from requirements under a federal biofuels law, according to two industry sources briefed on the matter.

Uh oh. Scott’s in trouble…

Leaks Show EPA Staffers Actively Discussing Undermining Pruitt

Sounds like the White House is getting ready to cut Scott Pruitt loose:

White House officials are cautioning Republican lawmakers and other conservative allies to temper their defense of Scott Pruitt, according to two people familiar with the discussions, in a sign that administration support for the embattled EPA chief may be waning.

The warnings come as several top GOP lawmakers have stepped forward to publicly criticize Pruitt in recent days, marking a dramatic turn of fortune for one of the most conservative members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet who has been heralded for dismantling Obama-era regulations.

Republicans are now sharpening their criticisms about Pruitt amid a revelation that he met at least once with the lobbyist whose wife rented him a bedroom on Capitol Hill.

But don’t worry, Republicans! Andrew Wheeler, his newly-appointed No. 2, is just as indifferent to the fate of the earth as Pruitt was!

Why are so many federal agencies investigating Scott Pruitt?

4_Cone of Silence

Read on for the details:

As the controversies surrounding the EPA chief have mounted in recent weeks, so have the federal investigations. Now, the EPA’s internal watchdog has lots of questions for Pruitt, as does the top federal ethics watchdog, and the House Oversight Committee, led by Republican Trey Gowdy.

There are at least 10 federal investigations focused on Pruitt’s first-class travel, unusually large security detail, frequent association with lobbying interests, pay raises for staffers, and, somehow, more. The mounting appearance of misconduct and corruption at the EPA has started to attract not just the attention of Democrats — 170 of whom have called for Pruitt’s resignation — but Republicans, too.

Amid all the scrutiny, Pruitt’s office has been quick to deny any wrongdoing. EPA spokesperson Jahan Wilcox has repeatedly responded to allegations with, “This is not news.” The denials, however, haven’t stopped federal agencies from poking around.

Even Trey Gowdy ridicules Scott Pruitt

Rep. Trey Gowdy not seeking re-election

Which tells you how bad Scott Pruitt is!

If the EPA chief was genuinely concerned with his exposure to potentially dangerous passengers, he would choose to sit at the very back of the plane, Gowdy argued.

“If you really want to avoid people on the plane, sit in the last seat not the first seat,” he said.

Gowdy added that he would be “shocked” if many members of the general public even knew who Pruitt was, but that, as a government official, Pruitt should be prepared to take criticism from the public.

“The notion that I’ve got to fly first class because I don’t want people to be mean to me, you need to go into another line of work if you don’t want people to be mean to you,” he said, joking that Pruitt should become a monk in order to avoid interacting with anyone.

On Friday, Gowdy expanded his committee’s investigation into Pruitt’s travel and security practices and requested interviews with several of the administrator’s top aides. This comes a day after Gowdy’s staff met with a former EPA aide, Kevin Chmielewski.