Senate confirmation hearings for Trump's Cabinet continue Thursday

Though Whitehouse appeared unconvinced, there were some friendly Republican senators who offered Pruitt their accolades and attempted to shelter the attorney general from more intense scrutiny. His opponents include Senate Democrats and green groups anxious about climate change, wildlife and pollution.

She's not alone in her disbelief.

Pruitt has not responded to the request, and Republicans on the committee who support him have criticized the Democrats' move saying it "extends beyond the usual questioning of an EPA nominee's record".

"Environmental regulations should not occur in an economic vacuum", Pruitt said. There's a reason why he wouldn't answer questions about his record directly.

Ironically, Pruitt is the same man who sued the EPA 14 times on behalf of the oil and gas industry over clean water and clean air regulations and had to defend his ties with energy companies during the hearing.

Becoming nearly predictable as the more than four hour long hearing continued, each time a criticism of a controversial piece of Pruitt's history was levied, committee chairman Sen.

Both Zinke and Pruitt said at their confirmation hearings that climate change is not a "hoax" and human activity has something to do with it. Pruitt added that "the ability to measure and pursue the degree and the extent of that impact and what to do about it are subject to continuing debate and dialogue" but said his personal opinions on climate change are irrelevant to his job of leading the EPA. But Trump has said Pruitt will work to restore the EPA's essential mission of keeping air and water clean and safe.

The 48-year-old Republican faces a Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday.

Pruitt has also filed no fewer than 13 lawsuits against the EPA over the course of his legal career, including one over the Clean Power Plan. It is Congress that gives authority to the EPA. "But now, when it comes to the rights of California, of MA, and other states to be able to reduce carbon pollution, you're saying you're going to review that".

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Throughout the day, a flood of social-media posts, emails, online ads and television commercials from advocacy groups, lawmakers and industry representatives urged senators either to reject Pruitt, saying that he will fail to protect the environment, or to confirm him because he will end the EPA's overaggressive regulations.

During that same period, his office created the Federalism Unit, an entity focused on fighting regulation, and allowed its budget to balloon to $3.6 million by 2016. "It is time to have someone other than east and west coast people who have no clue about the supply of energy and food regulating the 'fly over states.' They are not familiar with split estates and how the mixed private, state and federal property regulatory process is supposed to work".

The 11-year-old law requiring refiners to add biofuel to the nation's gasoline and diesel was the subject of no fewer than five exchanges - including bipartisan questioning from Midwest senators anxious about preserving the mandate. Though he made clear that the EPA under his watch would grant more power to state legislatures, Pruitt mentioned the Flint, Michigan water crisis as an instance when the federal agency failed to do enough.

"Oklahoma is way too used to this".

Pruitt has taken tens of thousands of dollars in donations from oil and gas companies. As regulators who live and raise their children there, they are serious about protecting the environment, but they are also willing to take a balanced approach that encourages prudent resource development and innovation. "There is a complete and total lack of enforcement". While Pruitt pointed to actions taken by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to curb injection volumes in response to the earthquakes, Sanders seemed unimpressed.

"These people aren't qualified to run these agencies", Holcomb said.

The characterization of Pruitt's silvery tongue came from Sen. Jim Inhofe - have continued to show support for Pruitt as an advocate of pragmatic regulation. The Bush administration actually denied Sacramento a waiver for this objective in 2008, but fortunately for California policymakers, the new Obama administration gave them and their counterparts in other states a green light in 2009.

We are under no illusions that Trump is suddenly going to become a champion of environmental protection, even if that is synonymous with protecting human life. "I think one of the best things Trump has done is pick Scott Pruitt", Turpen said.

"To me that's a cop-out", Franken said.


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