In response to the new revelations, government watchdogs immediately demanded a probe into the project’s approval process.
The Times report comes as Pruitt is currently under investigation by the White House over what critics have denounced as a “sweetheart” living arrangement. Pruitt, like other members of President Donald Trump’s cabinet, has also come under fire for his expensive first-class flying habits.
“This is what happens when you put an oil industry shill in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency.”
—Josh Nelson, CREDO ActionAccording to a Politico report late Monday, White House chief of staff John Kelly has floated the possibility of firing Pruitt in the coming months.
One possible reason Kelly hasn’t followed through, some White House officials and lobbyists told Politico, is because Pruitt has been extremely effective in carrying out Trump’s aggressive anti-environment agenda.
“I think he’s an A student….He’s always working. He’s always focused on the agenda. He’s always trying to figure out ways to make the boss look good,” energy lobbyist Mike McKenna said in an interview with Politico on Monday.
An example of Pruitt’s dedication to dismantling even the most basic planetary protections came Monday afternoon, when the EPA chief officially announced that he is rolling back Obama-era fuel efficiency standards.
“This is what happens when you put an oil industry shill in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency,” CREDO Action co-director Josh Nelson said in a statement on Monday. “No one should be surprised that Scott Pruitt, who literally rented his condo from an energy industry lobbyist, habitually puts corporate polluters ahead of the American people.”
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