Congressman McEachin Stands Opposed to Pruitt Nomination

January 31, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Donald McEachin (VA-04) sent a letter to Chairman Barrasso and Ranking Member Carper, leaders of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, in opposition of nominating Scott Pruitt as Secretary of Environment Protection Agency.

“Mr. Pruitt’s own words and actions — especially his skepticism of settled climate science — disqualify him for this role,” said Congressman McEachin. “We need a leader of the EPA who will proactively act on behalf of the severity of climate change and its impact.”

As a leader on environmental issues, McEachin believes that Pruitt’s past law suits against the EPA and failure to accept the evidence and overwhelming consensus among climate scientists will not help the EPA move forward with the recent progress made to protect the public’s health.

In 2010, the EPA recognized that existing efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, a main waterway in Virginia, were failing to make the necessary progress. During Mr. Pruitt’s time as Attorney General of Oklahoma he sought to stop efforts to clean up the Bay. “That progress, and any future improvements, might never have happened if Mr. Pruitt had gotten his wish,” wrote Congressman McEachin

The letter was delivered to the Senators on Tuesday.

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The full text of the letter can be found here.

Contact: Jamitress Bowden
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