Scott Pruitt OUT at EPA

Scott Pruitt OUT at EPA

Scott Pruitt OUT at EPA

Mr Pruitt sparked controversy a year ago when he contradicted his own organisation's advice by saying he did not believe that carbon dioxide is a main contributor to global warming. In Pruitt's case, with more than a dozen active investigations into his conduct still lingering.

The EPA's Office of Inspector General today told CNN: "Any ongoing or pending OIG reviews related to the Administrator and/or his team will continue - regardless of the Administrator's resignation".

"Scott Pruitt's resignation was long overdue", said Pallone, D-6th Dist., the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

In his resignation letter today, Pruitt told Trump that "it is extremely hard for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring".

Last month, while praising Pruitt's "fantastic job" at the EPA, the president admitted, "I'm not happy about certain things, I'll be honest".

Kristin Mink, a Maryland teacher, made headlines earlier this week when she confronted Scott Pruitt while holding her two-year-old son in a Washington, D.C. restaruant, urging him to resign.

During his tenure Pruitt oversaw the largest regulatory rollback in EPA history.

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For Republicans annoyed at Pruitt's laundry list of scandals but eager to continue his legacy of undoing Obama-era environmental regulations, Andrew Wheeler is more than acceptable. Inhofe expressed his support for his former staffer on Thursday, calling Wheeler "the ideal choice" to serve as acting EPA administrator. "The Trump EPA continues to undo critical health protections that safeguard our communities from risky chemicals and ensure Americans have safe drinking water and clean air". As Oklahoma's former attorney general, he waged a legal fight against the environmental rules implemented by the agency he eventually would head.

Brandon Hurlbut, former chief of staff at the Department of Energy, said the ethics complaints are one thing that is likely to change with Wheeler.

Before taking the job at the EPA, Wheeler worked as an energy lobbyist on Capitol Hill. Some of the ethics accusations involved jobs for Pruitt's wife.

From a policy perspective, Mr Pruitt was one of Mr Trump's most effective cabinet members.

"The line on Wheeler from people in the know is that he's essentially Scott Pruitt's ideological twin - but that his many years as a Washington insider have endowed him with a political savvy that Pruitt sorely lacks", Jeff Turrentine, columnist for the Natural Resources Defense Council, wrote in April. "Somebody who believes in climate change and takes it seriously, for the benefit of all of us, including our children".

During his time as a congressional staffer, Wheeler worked as a senior aide to Republican Sen.

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