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In keeping with making liberals uneasy, President-Elect Donald Trump has announced his intention to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt is known for his opposition to many EPA regulations and has sued the agency in the past.

The Trump administration called Pruitt an “expert in Constitutional law” who “brings a deep understanding of the impact of regulations on both the environment and the economy” to the agency.  Trump also said Pruitt will reverse the trend of the EPA spending “taxpayer dollars on an out-of-control anti-energy agenda that has destroyed millions of jobs, while also undermining our incredible farmers and many other businesses and industries.”

A top energy advisor to the President-elect expressed his support for Pruitt’s appointment, saying,  “He understands the regulatory stranglehold that the EPA has had on industry during the Obama administration. I believe that he will work to unleash prosperity in American through the proper use of regulations and adhering to the rule of law. “

Pruitt has been the Attorney General of Oklahoma since 2010. He and his wife of 25 years have two children. He is a graduate of the University of Tulsa and Georgetown College. He will be 48 years old when Donald Trump takes office.

While we wait for the next Trump appointment, check out these nine quotes from the next EPA administrator that explain why many conservatives are excited and many liberals are nervous. You can also learn more about Pruitt directly from his OKAG website. You can also follow him on Twitter.

  1. The American People are tired of seeing billions of dollars drained from our economy due to unnecessary EPA regulations, and I intend to run this agency in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the environment and freedom for American businesses.”

  2. Healthy debate is the lifeblood of American Democracy, and global warming has inspired one of the major policy debates of our time. That debate is far from settled.”

  3. We’ve been involved in suing the EPA…under the Affordable Care Act to make sure that our citizens and the states are protected, and now we have hope that there is going to be regulatory rollback.”

  4. Federal overreach has become more aggressive & burdensome under Pres. Obama’s watch. I will continue to fight back.”

  5. We do not doubt the sincerity of the beliefs of our fellow attorneys general about climate change and the role human activity plays in it. But we call upon them to press those beliefs through debate, not through governmental intimidation of those who disagree with them.”

  6. Obama’s gone too far. If Congress is not acting, he thinks he can act in their place…Unconstitutional.”

  7. What is key for us is we’re trying to focus on that balance states are supposed to serve. There is a role for the federal government, there are issues the EPA should be focused on, water quality issues, air quality issues across state lines. This administration has approached the issues in a much different fashion by trying to use the power of regulation to pick winners and losers.”

  8. No transgender student should be discriminated against for being transgender. But discrimination on the basis of a trait occurs when someone takes that trait into account in making a decision. When a school divides its bathrooms based on biological sex, without taking into account gender identity, that school is, by definition, not discriminating against on the basis of gender identity because gender identity played no part in the school’s decision”

  9. Peanut butter milkshakes have been my favorite since I was a kid. The Soda Shop in Hooker, OK is worth a trip!”


    Aryssa D
    FFL Cabinet Member