Scott Pruitt

What are the implications of Scott Pruitt as the potential director of the Environmental Protection Agency? Our experts and analysts weigh in.


Will the FDA’s Picture of “Health” Match Ours?

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

As we enter month two of 2017, our New Year’s resolutions of leading healthier lives might be starting to plateau. But that of course depends on how we are defining “healthy.” What’s healthy to me might not be the same kind of healthy to you. My vision of a healthy day done right might be eating a Sweetgreen salad for lunch and walking back and forth to the metro, while yours might entail a ten-mile morning run and a steak dinner. Read more >

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Resist this: The Trump Administration’s Control+Alt+Delete Strategy on Climate Change

, senior analyst, Climate & Energy Program

The first days of the Trump Administration have caught many of us by surprise with the volume of contestable statements, controversial orders, and provocative media appearances. Amidst this, the administration’s attacks on science are now fully underway.

At least, though, we’re clearer now what their climate change strategy is going to be, and can more effectively organize to fight it. Read more >

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Scott Pruitt and Anti-Science Activity at the EPA

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The first week of the Trump administration is underway and, suffice to say, it has been a bad week for science. Scientists at several federal agencies have been told they can no longer speak to the media or use social media; staff at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was notified that scientific work will be reviewed by political appointees, that climate web content was being removed, and that all contracts and grants by the agency were on hold.

It seems relevant to ask President Trump’s nominee for EPA administrator if he supports these actions. To that end, I sent the following letter to the Senate this afternoon. Read more >

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Five Takeaways From Scott Pruitt’s Nomination Hearing That Should Worry Scientists

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Yesterday’s hearing on the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General (AG) Scott Pruitt to serve as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) generated controversy, media attention and perhaps some new information. Read more >

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The Truth About Pruitt’s EPA Lawsuits is Even Worse Than You Might Think

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One well-reported thing about Scott Pruitt, President-elect Trump’s nominee for EPA Administrator, is his penchant for filing lawsuits to block the EPA from enforcing clean air, clean water, and climate regulations, rather than suing polluters in his own state of Oklahoma.

This alone ought to provide ample grounds for rejecting his nomination. But a closer look at these lawsuits and the legal arguments Pruitt has advanced (or signed onto) tells an even more disturbing story. Read more >

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