Sen. Merkley, 29 Democrats intend to hold Pruitt confirmation
Feb 17 2017 by Larry Hoffman
Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Attorney General of Oklahoma, has spent two years avoiding requests to release more than 3,000 emails between his office and fossil fuel companies.
Mr. Pruitt has been the attorney general of Oklahoma since 2011, and he previously served eight years in the Oklahoma State Senate.
"Scott Pruitt's extreme record on the environment makes him the wrong choice to lead the agency tasked with protecting the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the communities we call home". A state court is scheduled to hold a hearing at 4 p.m. ET for a lawsuit over a public-information request from the liberal group Center for Media and Democracy. The communication showed Pruitt's office signed a letter, drafted by lawyers for Devon Energy, that accused federal regulators of overstating the amount of pollution caused by new natural gas wells.
Judge Timmons ordered Pruitt to turn over the requested records by Tuesday.
But the CMD argued in its suit that at least 27 emails provided to the newspaper in 2014 were not given to the nonprofit organization through its own series of open-records requests begun in January 2015.
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Collins told Maine Public Radio on Wednesday that while Pruitt, now Oklahoma's attorney general, was "an accomplished attorney", she had concerns about his record of suing the agency he has been tapped to lead.
This bill comes after Trump made promises to limit the power of the EPA via executive order following the confirmation of his EPA Administrator nominee Scott Pruitt.
On Thursday, Judge Timmons criticized the attorney general's office for its "abject failure" to abide by the open-records act, according to the watchdog group. Spokesman Lincoln Ferguson said that in light of the court ruling, "we are reviewing all of our options in order to ensure fairness to all requestors rather than elevating the importance of some requests over others".
Republican Maine Senator Susan Collins is many things - a lover of wreaths, possible gubernatorial successor to odious adversary Paul LePage, and a sharp dresser, to name a few. Meanwhile, questions surrounding Pruitt's nomination continue to grow.
Democratic Sen. Tom Carper of DE gave an uncharacteristically impassioned speech lambasting Pruitt, saying he is a threat to the environment and a global warming skeptic.