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Report: Oklahoma A.G. Scott Pruitt to head EPA

December 07, 2016
TOPICS: In the news
News agencies are reporting Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

The move was met with support by OIPA leaders.

“Scott Pruitt is a businessman and public servant and understands the impact regulation and legislation have in the business world,” said OIPA Chairman Jeff McDougall, president and principal owner of Oklahoma City’s JMA Energy Company.

“For the past eight years, we’ve seen executive overreach put increased, unnecessary and burdensome regulations in place to the detriment of not just Oklahoma’s oil and natural gas industry, but industries across the state and nation.

“As Attorney General, Scott Pruitt has been a consistent challenger to overreaching EPA regulations, and his appointment will change the course of how the EPA is utilized by the White House administration.”

McDougall said Pruitt’s appointment will put rational and reasonable regulation at the forefront.

“President-elect Donald Trump continues to make smart appointments to his cabinet, as evidenced by Pruitt,” he said. “I look forward to a brighter future for all Americans under the Trump administration.”

The 48-year-old Pruitt has not been shy in addressing the overreach of the Obama administration and its regulatory agencies in his role as Oklahoma’s attorney general.

He spoke at the OIPA’s Wildcatter Wednesday Luncheon in May.

“The president has bypassed the treaty authority of the U.S. Senate, and then he bypasses the substantive protections that Congress passed legislatively to then impose on the United States the climate change agenda of the left from all over the world,” Pruitt said of the Paris climate accords.

“Congress passed a statute and gave parameters,” he said of the EPA. “You don’t have discretion to disregard the language of the statute. You only have the power that Congress gives you. Pretty simple. It’s fifth-grade civics.”

Governmental leaders should be committed to promoting the rule of law, he said.

“If a static, stable rule of law can be changed in postscript by an agency, think about the uncertainty and instability that creates,” Pruitt said.

Read more coverage at NewsOK, The Washington Post and The Daily Caller.
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