EPA chief Pruitt on rogue employees, the environment, and frivolous lawsuits

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt discussed a variety of issues on Fox & Friends this morning, from employees using encrypted text messaging, his agency’s pro-growth agenda, and frivolous lawsuits.

According to the conservative-leaning watchdog group Judicial Watch, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staffers have been using the Signal app to communicate using encrypted text messages.

Judicial Watch is suing to have the text messages released. The suit alleges that rogue EPA staffers are using the technology to undercut the Trump administration and the EPA’s new administrator while circumventing federal archiving laws.

Pruitt called the encrypted texting troubling and he was addressing the problem. The EPA employs about 15,000 career staffers. He partly blames the employees’ rebellious behavior on the ideological changes at the EPA. “There’s been a change of direction at the EPA,” Pruitt told the Fox & Friends’ hosts.

Pruitt said to expect more changes coming out of the EPA. He stressed you can have “jobs and growth” and a clean environment, adding: “It was the Obama administration that said you had to choose the environment at the expense of jobs.” He also said the agency will help the president build the border wall by dealing with environmentalists.

He also recognized that Washington, including the EPA, has become too bloated and his agency needed to spend more time in the field.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    These EPA staffers need to be handed their Pink-slips and be fired for this and investigated this is green dirty work at its worst and the eco-nazis

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    David Lewis

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    If the EPA is staffed by radical environmentalist as this article implies that is another excellent reason to shut the agency down and lay off the entire staff.

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    Amber

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    When confronted with a club of mutineers having a toddler melt down
    give them all a time out . Make sure you cancel their tax payer funded yoga classes first .
    I’ve seen it before when a culture of entitlement and self righteousness ruins an otherwise good valid service . Most people working there know it’s wrong but keep their heads down so the bully ring leaders don’t pick on them .
    Start by firing a whole department and if undertow problems persist keep right on going . Some good people get fired but otherwise it will just get worse .
    Second identify who the bullies are and can them even if severance is paid . Otherwise you spend years building a case wasting managements energy .
    Doing nothing or trying to win the real malcontents over is a pointless waste of time and resources . Make sure the people who feel they are being bullied and intimidated are able to get away from the ring leaders .

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    Al Shelton

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    Get all those dangerous “critters” drained from the EPA section of the swamp.

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    Spurwing Plover

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    Many radical enviromentalists got jobs in many key spots in goverment agencies like the EPA,Dept of the Interior,Etc to push their radical Wildlands Project as part of UNESCO and the radical dictates of the eco-wackos

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    Sonnyhill

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    The EPA could be considered a green army. Money is ammunition they spend on activism. Shut them down. Any state that sees a need to “fight climate change” could start their own agency and fund it themselves.

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