Scott Pruitt resigns from EPA

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"One, thanking the administrator for his service, and then telling everybody that it's work as usual - we're all working together - and that I share the core mission of the agency, which is to protect public health and the environment", Wheeler told the Post.

Many of those scandals led to investigations.

Trump said deputy director Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, will replace Pruitt.

But they didn't disappoint his boss, President Donald Trump, who tweeted, "Scott has done an outstanding job". His designated successor, Andrew Wheeler, is at least as firmly tied to the carbon-based energy industry as Pruitt.

But the EPA leader continued to be dogged by bad publicity, with a litany of alleged spending excesses that current and former aides shared with congressional lawmakers.

"The electorate in Oklahoma has changed a lot lately", said Bennett.

One of his main goals, Wheeler told The Wall Street Journal, is to "depoliticize" the conversation around many environmental topics. A senior scheduler was reportedly fired for questioning the practice of deleting controversial meetings from Pruitt's calendar.

Environmentalists issued warnings about Wheeler when he joined the EPA.

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Trump - who told reporters aboard Air Force One on Thursday that there was "no final straw" when it came to Pruitt - also reportedly made the decision after hearing of his latest scandal, which broke on the same day as Pruitt's resignation.

"Should there be a nomination, I can not imagine that it would get any traction on the Hill until after the midterm elections", Edgell said in an email. Wheeler acknowledged he attended but said he couldn't remember any details. "He'll go and do great things and have a wonderful life, I hope".

Green groups expressed the same sentiment in response to Pruitt's resignation on Thursday.

"However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally, my family, are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us", he wrote.

Along the way, Pruitt led the charge to rip the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement, a favorite campaign trail applause line of Trump's, ruining America's credibility on the global stage and turning the country's back on a climate change mitigation agreement signed by every other nation on earth. Mr. Wheeler is a longtime Washington insider unlikely to commit ethical mistakes on Mr. Pruitt's scale. "That was the position he was originally interested in". As Oklahoma's former attorney general, he waged a legal fight against environmental rules implemented by the agency he eventually would head.

Industry groups praised Pruitt for reducing their regulatory burden in his short time in office. Those groups quickly applauded his departure.

As scrutiny of Pruitt grew in recent months, Trump initially stood by his EPA chief. Both deny climate change and seem to view the EPA as an arm of industry.

Now Wheeler is back in the public sector, and those years in the federal government may give him an advantage that Pruitt, who spent his career at the state level, never had.

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Pruitt's departure follows months of negative news reports on his unusually high travel and security expenses, including a $43,000 private phone booth.

He had also ordered his EPA staff to do personal chores for him, picking up dry cleaning and trying to obtain a used Trump hotel mattress for his apartment.

"Pruitt was wasting money while not doing the job that the head of the EPA should do", McKinny said.

His job had been in jeopardy since it emerged he had leased a property previous year that was co-owned by the wife of a veteran fossil fuels lobbyist, whose firm had sought regulatory rollbacks from the EPA.

Likewise, Pruitt's resignation letter was equally as glowing toward the president.

Frankly, Pruitt's exit is long overdue.

The path could lead him back to Washington.

"We're proud of him for that", Pollard said.

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