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Senate Votes to Confirm Scott Pruitt to Lead the EPA

Senate Votes to Confirm Scott Pruitt to Lead the EPA

Calling former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt "the wrong choice for EPA administrator", a Democratic state senator said Friday that Colorado will have to chart its own environmental course and reject the direction it looks like Washington is taking.

The 52-46 vote comes a day after an Oklahoma judge said Pruitt was in violation of the state's Open Records Act and ordered the release of thousands of emails between his office and fossil fuel companies. A friend of the fossil fuel industry and a skeptic of climate change, choosing Pruitt to head an environmental agency is perhaps one of the most cynical appointments Trump has made.

Senate Democrats held the floor for hours on Thursday night and through Friday morning, criticizing Pruitt and pushing for a delay of his confirmation.

Only one Republican, Senator Susan Collins of ME, is reported to have voted against him, while two Democrats from energy-producing states - Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota - voted in favour of the controversial leader. Joe Manchin, a West Virginia, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. Just one GOP senator, Susan Collins of ME, said she would vote against Pruitt.

"Scott Pruitt understands the important role that state's play, especially in a state like Montana".

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According to Capito, Pruitt answered more than 200 direct questions from committee members during his confirmation hearing and more than 1,000 follow-up questions. As EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt will bring a rational, constitutional, and federalist perspective to environmental stewardship. Susan Collins (R-Maine) opposed him. Tom Udall, D-New Mexico.

Mr Pruitt had refused to hand over the emails for more than two years.

As Oklahoma's attorney general, Pruitt led legal challenge after legal challenge against EPA regulations, even describing himself in his official biography as "a leading advocate against the EPA's activist agenda".

The Oklahoman who sued the federal government 14 times over environmental rules he said were overly broad and unconstitutional will soon be the nation's top environmental steward. President Trump campaigned on promises to loosen regulations on energy production and vowed to roll back the Clean Power Plan.

An Oklahoma court ruled this week that Pruitt will have to turn over 3,000 emails between his office and energy companies by Tuesday after a watchdog group, the Center for Media and Democracy, sued for their release. Democrats hoping to find something in the emails that could be used to block Pruitt attempted to delay the final vote until February 27.

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