by Axios | Updated on 1.10.19
President Trump has formally sent Andrew Wheeler's nomination for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to the Senate for confirmation, the White House announced Wednesday.
Why it matters: Wheeler, the current acting chief of the EPA, is a former coal lobbyist who is expected to run a more conventional and inclusive policy process than former administrator Scott Pruitt, per Axios' Amy Harder. The end result, however, will likely be policies similar to those of Pruitt. Wheeler's past skepticism about fossil fuels being the primary driver of climate change is likely to be scrutinized by senators at his confirmation hearing.
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Is this a joke? A coal industry executive to lead the EPA? This is embarrassing. His marching orders most likely include dealing a death blow to an agency that has been decimated by Trump’s minions.
Yet another fox guarding the hen house. Putin must be proud to see the destruction of our country continue.
Close the EPA then no one can cry about an appointee, that’s not going to happen. I support this appointment.
A coal lobbyist as the EPA head? Drain the swamp, my ass! His Cabinet is the swamp personified! Now he wants to add another one! You idiots that support him must have an IQ of, maybe, 15. And that’s being generous...
THIS is draining the swamp???? No. Save the EPA.
Confirm this excellent appointment by DJT. MAGA.
In what world does it make sense to a point in individual who was responsible for encouraging the United States to use more coal as the head of the agency that is responsible for protecting our environment?
Can we stop this confirmation?
Wheeler’s nomination for heading up the EPA to replace Scott Pruitt, will be going from bad to worse. Wheeler’s last job was as an energy lobbyist; his biggest client? Murray Energy Corp. MEC is proud to say it’s the largest coal mining company in the US. Right after #45 took office, MEC’s CEO Murray, presented VP Bobble Head Pence with a pro-coal plan that would do away with the Clean Power Plan, endorsed the US to pull out of the Paris Climate Agreement, eliminating federal tax credits for renewable energy and cutting the EPA personnel by half. Wheeler was VP of the WCC, (Washington Coal Club), whose sole focus was to promote preservation of the dirtiest fossil fuel, coal. To add the cherry on top of Wheeler’s extensive pro-anything that destroys our air, water, lands and wildlife resume, he also lobbied the Department of Interior for opening parts of Bears Ears National Monument to mine for uranium. Without a shred of proof or scientific backing, Wheeler has openly voiced his opinion that Global Warming is “the greatest hoax” ever. The most virulent climate denier in the Senate, Jim Inhofe, (R-OK), praised Wheeler’s appointment as Deputy to EPA Pruitt, stating, “there is no one more qualified than Andrew, (Wheeler), to help Pruitt to restore the EPA to its proper size and scope”. No surprise being that Wheeler worked as a legislative aide to Inhofe. In short, there is no one LESS qualified (except than Pruitt himself), to lead the EPA than Andrew Wheeler. By approving his nomination, our country will continue to make great strides BACKWARDS in persevering our lands, air, waters, and wildlife. VOTE NO TO ANDREW WHEELER!
No more foxes guarding the henhouse. Get somebody who is not an industry insider/shill!
His track record doesn’t make him look like a friend to the environment, to the safety of our children and our grandchildren.
If Trump supports him he's either a crook or in for a short lived position. Coal lobbyist head of EPA. Taking cyanide to relieve a tooth ache. That's good ole Trump. I bet his followers are jumpin for joy. I think they would drink koolaid if he asked them. Next election can't come fast enough.
The Fox is in the hen house! Again! Why is trump trying to destroy our country!
A climate change denying coal lobbyist. Well, of course that’s who Republicans would nominate. Conservatives without conscience.
Every day is a fresh new shock. Putin must be proud of his protégé who put in a coal lobbyist as ostensible head of the environmental protection agency. If it weren’t so dangerous it would be funny. Actually although it’s incredibly stupid in the age of global warming, it’s still funny.
This isn’t a game. If there is no planet, NONE of this schadenfreude matters.
Fox guarding the henhouse. Just like all other cabinet positions under this administration. Caring more about corporations than the American people
Wheeler, the current acting chief of the EPA, is a former coal lobbyist who is expected to run a more conventional and inclusive policy process than former administrator Scott Pruitt. I think wheeler views are, if you Breathe and drink more water the human body can clean up the environment, so do your part do more! This will help with that retirement program that corporations don’t want.
Environmntal PROTECTION Agency?
Oh hell no that’s what we need is another lobbyist in charge of the EPA in DC absolutely not!!!!!!🤬🤬🤬 I think lobbyist should be outlawed to be in Washington DC and to approach our senators and congressmen to get what they want. And OMG the EPA really
Duh...let’s have the fox 🦊 take care of the hen 🏠 COAL LEAVES THE ULTIMATE CARBON 🦶 PRINT
Another one of Trump's "Best People?" Have you lost your minds? Do any of you have families? Children? Grandchildren? COAL & THE EPA!?!? HELL NO! I PRAY I GET TO BE AT THE PEARLY GATES WHEN ST PETER ASKS YOU LYING, GREEDY, ASSHOLES "WHAT DID YOU DO TO PROTECT GOD'S CREATIONS?" AND PULLS THE LEVER THAT SENDS ALL OF THE MEMBERS OF THE GOP STRAIGHT TO HELL