Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has been confirmed as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt is known for having a hostile relationship with the EPA, which raises questions about his new administrative duties with the agency.
Former Bush administration EPA Administrator Christine Todd Whitman told NPR she was skeptical of his relationship with EPA and what the future holds for the new administration.
“He seems to have a level of distrust that is unusual coming into an agency, because it doesn’t necessarily bode well for good relations with the career staff who are there, with whom you have to work and you need to get things done,” she said.
Pruitt plans to remove the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, which is focused on lowering the United States’ carbon footprint, but it will not be an easy task since the EPA has expressed their opposition to his plans.