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Call Your MoCs and Urge Them to Demand the Firing of EPA Head Scott Pruitt

Call your MoCs and urge them to demand the firing of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt.

 

We at OTYCD admit we are taking a chance with this. Pruitt could resign or be fired before this post goes live on Monday April 9. Heck, he could resign or be fired before we drop the post in the queue.

 

But! If Monday dawns and Pruitt is still running the EPA, we’ll be mad at ourselves for not having something ready to post. So, here we go.

 

Scott Pruitt is baseline terrible in the way that Trump requires of his cabinet members–he finds people who make it their mission to hate a government agency and appoints them to head the damned thing. Pruitt has been hell-bent on rolling back regulations that make sure our air and water is clean. Every good thing the EPA does, he’s against it and wants to stop it.

 

Trump also seems to pick people with an appetite for wasteful spending and ethical violations. Even in this rogue’s gallery, Pruitt stands out on both counts.

 

Celeste Pewter (who you should be following at @Celeste_Pewter) compiled and tweeted a list of his ever-accumulating offenses while at the EPA:

 

As of April 6, 2018, Pruitt…

 

Demanded 24/7 security

Installed a $25,000 soundproof phone system

Flew first class at a cost of more than $100,000

EPA explored hiring private jet service at cost of $100,000 a month

Stayed in townhouse owned by lobbyist for $50 a night

Ended up getting pushed out by lobbyist for overstaying–they changed the locks

Asked a subordinate to help him find housing; violates ethics rules [in doing so]

Used loopholes to help two subordinates get raises (and then denied it in interview)

Demoted critics who criticized his management, including those who questioned proposed expenses, like $70,000 in bulletproof furniture

Used security on personal trips including Disneyland + Super Bowl

Deliberately avoids record keeping (and is being sued over it)

 

 

Pruitt has to go.

 

Numerous Democratic members of Congress and at least three sitting House Republicans–Elise Stefanik of New York, and Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida–have called for his resignation.

 

On April 6, 2018, Trump reportedly called Pruitt on the carpet over all of this. He emerged with his job. Earlier in the week, Trump had affirmed his faith in Pruitt, saying he was “doing a great job” at the EPA.

 

Calling your members of Congress to demand Pruitt’s ouster emboldens them to do just that. Those who are thinking about it might choose to do it, and those who aren’t thinking about it will start thinking about it.

 

Sample script: “Dear [House Rep/Senator Lastname], I am [Firstname Lastname from town, zip code]. I am calling to ask you to call for the resignation of EPA head Scott Pruitt. ┬áThis is an ethics-challenged administration and Pruitt is the most ethics-challenged of the bunch, outside of Trump. He has wasted taxpayer dollars on things such as a soundproof booth. He took pricey flights when commercial flights would have met his needs. He entered ethically dubious arrangements such as staying at a lobbyist’s Washington, D.C., house for $50 per night. He misused EPA regulations to give raises to aides and then lied about it. And he dismissed EPA employees who questioned his actions. He has to go. Please go on record demanding his resignation. Thank you.”

 

 

Read about the three House Republicans who called for Pruitt’s resignation:

https://www.thedailybeast.com/third-republican-member-of-congress-calls-for-scott-pruitts-resignation

 

 

Read about Trump’s evident support for Pruitt, at least as of April 6, 2018:

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/382063-trump-met-with-pruitt-amid-growing-calls-for-resignation

 

 

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Tell EPA Head Scott Pruitt to Stop Coddling Polluters and Keep Protections in Place

Leave comments for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt on what he should do–namely, leave environmental protections in place, thank you very much.

Until May 15, the EPA is accepting comments through its web site on “on regulations that may be appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.”

Please go to the site and make it clear that you want the EPA to do its best to, you know, protect the environment and keep our air and water clean.

To this end you may want to ask the EPA to restore legislation that prevented hunters from using lead ammunition in national parks and on public lands.

You may want to ask the EPA to keep the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), or even make them stricter.

You may want to ask that regulations protecting the environment be stricter, and punishments for polluters be harsher.

And you might also want to voice your support for policies that recognize that climate change is happening, humans are causing it, and humans can use the EPA to help fight it.

Just a few suggestions.

Remember: These are public comments, and they will be viewable by all. Please compose your thoughts accordingly.

 

See the page through which the EPA is accepting comments:

https://www.epa.gov/laws-regulations/regulatory-reform

 

Or you can email your comments to the EPA:

Laws-Regs@epa.gov

 

You can also mail them:

Office of Policy Regulatory Reform,

Mail Code 1803A,

1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW,

Washington, DC 20460

 

Read a piece on Earthjustice.org about the importance of answering Pruitt’s call for comments before the deadline:

http://earthjustice.org/blog/2017-april/scott-pruitt-is-betting-on-your-silence

 

Read a Sierra Club piece on how MATS is under threat:

http://www.sierraclub.org/planet/2017/04/ideology-common-sense-and-poisoned-children

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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