Scott Pruitt Resigns from EPA- Update with Pruitt's Comments to President TrumpThu, 05 Jul 2018 15:16:34 CDT
The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruit, has resigned. This was announced by a tweet from President Donald Trump. The President in a two part tweet said "I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this. The Senate confirmed Deputy at EPA, Andrew Wheeler, will on Monday assume duties as the acting Administrator of the EPA. I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda. We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!"
Pruitt has been under continuous fire since taking the position by environmental activists and liberal Democrats- but has earned the praise of many in agriculture because of his efforts to dismantle WOTUS and many other regulations that were a problem for farmers and ranchers. At the same time, supporters of ethanol have been furious with him over RFS waivers to refineries who they claim were never intended to receive the small refinery break from using biofuels that is offered within the existing regulations.
In his letter of resignation, Pruiit tells the President "it has been an honor to serve you in the cabinet as Administrator of the EPA. Truly, your confidence in me has blessed me personally and enabled me to advance your agenda beyond what anyone anticipated at the beginning of your Administration. Your courage, steadfastness and resolute commitment to get results for the American people both with regard to improved environmental outcomes as well as historical regulatory reform, is in fact occurring at an unprecendented pace and I thank you and the American people in helping achieve those ends.
"That is why it is hard for me to advise you I am stepping down as Administrator of the EPA effective as of July 6th. It is extremely difficult for me to cease serving you in this role first because I count it a blessing to be serving you in any capacity, but also, because of the transformative work that is occurring. However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, as well as on my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us.
"My desire in service to you has always been to bless you as you make important decisions for the American people. I believe you are serving as President today because of God's providence. I believe that providence brought me into your service. I pray as I have served you that I have blessed you and enabled you to effectively lead the American people. Thank you again Mr. President for the honor of serving you and I wish you Godspeed in all that you put your hand to."
Pruitt previously served as the Attorney General of Oklahoma and earlier this year spoke to the the Oklahoma Youth Expo in Oklahoma City. At that time, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays talked exclusively with the EPA Administrator- and you can hear their conversation at that time by clicking on the Listen Bar below.
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