Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s Senate confirmation hearing went almost exactly as expected.
Republicans voiced their support for Pruitt’s nomination to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the Trump administration, while Democrats grilled Pruitt on issues ranging from his campaign donations from energy companies to his views on global warming.
Throughout the hearing, though, Pruitt remained steadfast in his view the EPA needs to be reined in and “cooperative federalism” restored.
“EPA is an administrative agency, it’s not a legislative body,” Pruitt said, adding he rejected the “false paradigm” that you can’t be pro-energy and pro-environment. “It is not an ‘either-or’ proposition.”