EPA Employees Join Street Protests Against Trump’s EPA Pick

Scott Pruitt

EPA employees joined a street protest organized by environmentalists opposing President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the agency.

Around 30 employees at EPA’s Chicago office joined a protest organized by the Sierra Club and the American Federation of Government Employees to protest Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s nomination. They believe Pruitt, a critic of the agency’s Clean Power Plan, will lay waste to the EPA’s ability to confront companies that violate the law.

Trump’s policies will wallow out the EPA and make it harder to punish lawbreakers, Sherry Estes, an EPA lawyer who participated in the protest, told reporters Monday during the demonstrations.

“The EPA needs to be able to enforce the rules when companies are breaking the law,” she said.

The Trump administration appeared to take the protests in stride. Doug Eriksen, a spokesman for Trump’s transition team at the EPA, dismissed the protests. He said that “employees have a right to take action on their private time.”

The protests were part of an all-out assault Monday by current and former EPA employees against the Trump administration. Over 400 former EPA staff members sent a letter to the Senate pressuring it to reject Pruitt, saying “he has shown no interest in enforcing environmental laws.”

Pruitt has a history of siding with industry and has been reluctant to accept “the strong scientific consensus on climate change,” they wrote.

The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works approved Pruitt Thursday over the objections of the panel’s Democratic members. The Oklahoma Republican is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate, but a date for the vote has not been set.

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    Amber

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    The EPA is by far the biggest swamp to be drained . Over 17,000 employees that duplicate
    work done by individual States . But worst is the destructive overreach that is not in the public interest . In recent years they have been the tools of Democrat operatives and green grant seekers . Pruitt is all to familiar with their act .
    No surprise the EPA and their grant dependent pals will howl the loudest .

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    Edmonton Al

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    Well, Pruitt now has a list of 400 who will get the pink slip……

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    Amber

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    Apparently some Republicans are pushing a carbon tax . Well that would be a quick way for them to get rid of Trump .
    Trump is going to get swallowed up in that swamp and he is already up to his ankles .
    Why would his daughter be hooked up with the carbon caper ?
    The pitch is reduce regulation and give to the poor . More like someone agrees to stop
    punching you out if you would just hand over your wallet .
    You might expect this from Democrats who haven’t found a tax they don’t like but
    Republicans knowing the President promised to ditch the Paris Agreement never even voted on by law makers and committing the USA tax payers to $Billion’s in UN supported wealth transfer . You will know how screwed the USA is if these $ Billion dollar rip offs get approved .

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