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Lawmakers' letter claims further spending abuses by the Scott Pruitt

14 April, 2018, 11:56 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Democrats say it's time for Pruitt to be out as EPA chief

Kevin Chmielewski, a former aide to Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt, added allegations of wasteful spending and retaliation to an already growing pile of ethics concerns swirling around the former Oklahoma attorney general. More than 100 members of Congress, including three Republicans, have called for Pruitt to resign and the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee has asked the EPA to provide documents on Pruitt's spending decisions and living arrangement to the committee.

Wheeler may also be a principal at Faegre Baker Daniels consulting company and was registered as a lobbyist for firms like Murray Vitality in 2017, based mostly on federal lobbying data.

The Senate held confirmation hearings for Wheeler back in November of previous year, but his confirmation was delayed by the the nomination of Kathleen Hartnett-White to head the White House Council of Environmental Quality.

"And obviously if there is, the people who don't support him in the White House are going to say, 'Hey, look, now we've got Andrew Wheeler confirmed, and use him at least as the acting administrator.' I can see that this is at least a plausible alternative, but I'm still focused on supporting Pruitt and focused on getting Andrew confirmed as deputy".

They are Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Joe Donnelly of IN and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

"We should be able to hear from Andrew Wheeler what his plans are to rein in the abuses at the EPA before he takes this important job", Carper said. "He is, without question, a member of the coal industry's Hall of Fame", said Sen. This finding, which forms the scientific basis for the EPA's regulatory climate work, considers greenhouse gasses a public health threat.

Two years ago, Kevin Chmielewski was a Donald Trump campaign aide who was working tirelessly to ensure that the NY businessman became America's 45th president.




Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico called for the vote to be delayed while lawmakers review Wheeler's credentials to run the agency, citing Pruitt's uncertain status amid damaging ethics disclosures. His request was denied. "And that's a very, very serious problem", Udall said Wednesday.

But environmental groups lined up in opposition to Wheeler's nomination.

Mr. Chmielewski claims that when he first started in his role as a politically appointed Senior Executive Service official at EPA, Chief of Staff Ryan Jackson informed him that 'the nightmare is now yours.' Mr. Chmielewski said those words turned out to be accurate. Hosannah: 15 months into the Trump administration, apparently there are still some adults to be found in the halls of government.

As Chmielewski claims, after he returned from a trip to Asia in February, Pruitt's head of security, Nino Perrotta, tried to have Chmielewski's EPA credentials confiscated.

With the decline in gasoline prices in recent years, United States consumers have begun to buy larger and more polluting vehicles, with SUVs and vans now accounting for more than 60% of the market and this trending leads to more greenhouse gas emission, among other not so environmental-friendly consequences.

Like Pruitt, Wheeler has expressed public skepticism about the consensus of climate scientists that the continued burning of fossil fuels is the primary cause of global warming.

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