Pruitt and his activities have been the subject of numerous investigations by the EPA's inspector general, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the Government Accountability Office, the White House Office of Management and Budget, and the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. He is a former coal lobbyist. But some worry that his promotion may accelerate the Trump administration's determined dismantling of the EPA.
Holding her two-year-old son, Kristin Mink urged the EPA head to resign "because of what you're doing to the environment in our country", and "before your scandals push you out".
"We now face the stark reality of a coal lobbyist, Andrew Wheeler, running the agency that is supposed to protect our air, water and climate", he said, in a statement.
Republicans say Wheeler is well-qualified to lead the EPA, having worked at the agency early in his career. Wheeler was serving as a lobbyist for Murray Energy at the time. The Washington Post reported Pruitt had aides try to get her a job at the Republican Attorneys General Association with a salary topping $200,000.
Black lawmaker knocking on doors prompts 911 call
A black lawmaker in OR had the cops called on her apparently because she was knocking on doors to campaign for reelection. Rep Janelle Bynum , Oregon State Representative in House District 51, is running for re-election in November this year.
He also tasked members of his staff with personal assignments, including finding him another apartment, getting his tickets to sporting events and trying to help his wife find a job. Inhofe expressed his support for his former staffer on Thursday, calling Wheeler "the flawless choice" to serve as acting EPA administrator.
Mr Pruitt also was instrumental a year ago in lobbying Mr Trump to withdraw the United States from the global 2015 Paris climate accord to combat global warming.
Wheeler also had a number of other high-profile clients in the energy sector, according to the Washington Post, and many of these companies have an interest in the regulations Wheeler will now make decisions about as acting head of the EPA.
For additional commentary on Pruitt and Wheeler, listen to this recent episode of GTM's newest podcast Political Climate.
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Fans praised his focus on middle-class issues on his TV show " The Ed Show ", which was broadcast weekday afternoons. In 2004, after changing his views and becoming a Democrat, Schultz took his radio show nationwide.
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But when Scraper slipped and fell, her two companions tried to save her but were all swept into the waters 30 metres below. Her boyfriend and another hiker jumped in to try to save her but they were all swept over the edge, Willcox said.