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Updated: Ask Your Senators to Delay the Vote on Scott Pruitt as Head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Update: It seems that while he was attorney general of Oklahoma, Scott Pruitt denied requests to reveal emails sent from his office to fossil fuel companies for the past two years or so.

A liberal watchdog group just won a court battle that has forced Pruitt to disclose these emails. They will become public on Tuesday (Feb 21).

But Republicans, at last check, intended to proceed with the full floor vote on Pruitt’s nomination today (Feb 17).

So, in addition to calling your senators to oppose Pruitt if you haven’t already, demand that they delay the floor vote until at least Friday Feb.24, to give everyone some time to receive and review these emails.

Here is an NBC News piece about the emails case:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/scott-pruitt-president-trump-s-epa-nominee-ordered-release-thousands-n722161

Original post text is below.

Call your senators and oppose Scott Pruitt, Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Trump’s shown a pattern of picking the worst possible person to head each agency, and Pruitt is no exception. The Oklahoma attorney general has said that the global warming debate “is far from settled” (though he admitted in his confirmation hearings this week that human activity has contributed to climate change “in some manner.”)

Upon taking office as his state’s attorney general, he took apart the team that was devoted to protecting Oklahoma’s natural resources. He resisted many Obama-era climate change initiatives, and he has joined at least eight lawsuits now in progress against the EPA, the agency that he would like to lead. During his hearings, he has declined to say whether he would recuse himself from these suits. Nine attorneys general have signed a letter opposing Pruitt’s nomination. (Scroll down for more information.)

Sample script: “Dear Senator (Lastname.) I am (Firstname Lastname, from town, zip code). I am calling to ask you to vote against Scott Pruitt as the head of the EPA. His statements and actions show that he does not take climate change seriously and he will not do enough to keep our water and air clean.”

More on Pruitt:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/can-the-epas-main-antagonist-become-its-next-leader/2017/01/17/d24308ca-dcf7-11e6-ad42-f3375f271c9c_story.html?utm_term=.926da8c76ceb

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/federal_government/records-show-trump-epa-pick-crusading-for-industry-donors/2017/01/18/151f0928-dd84-11e6-8902-610fe486791c_story.html?utm_term=.a99187526cc2

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/trump-pick-to-lead-epa-has-spotty-state-environmental-record/2017/01/18/00e0909e-dd61-11e6-8902-610fe486791c_story.html?utm_term=.aa47bfb7b0ca

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/in-letter-9-attorneys-general-urge-rejection-of-epa-nominee/2017/01/18/83d7c79a-dd95-11e6-8902-610fe486791c_story.html?utm_term=.9490bb2b377a