Scott Pruitt probably represents the very worst fears of the Democrats and their Global Warming alarmist allies. They tried everything they could to derail his nomination and failed once again.
Now if he can just clean house at the EPA we may get somewhere.
Scott Pruitt confirmed as EPA chief; Democrats’ stalling fails amid email controversy
By Ben Wolfgang – The Washington Times – Friday, February 17, 2017
Scott Pruitt won confirmation Friday to be administrator of the EPA, foiling Democrats’ attempts to hold up his nomination until the former Oklahoma attorney general complies with a judge’s order and releases thousands of emails between his office and oil-and-gas companies.
In a highly contentious vote that came on the heels of a last-ditch delaying effort from Democrats, Mr. Pruitt was approved to head the agency by a vote of 52 to 46.
The vote broke largely along party lines, though two Democrats — Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota — backed Mr. Pruitt.
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine voted against him, saying she does not believe he’s fit to head the EPA. She was the only member of the GOP caucus to vote against Mr. Pruitt.
Democrats wanted to hold off the vote until later this month, citing the looming release of thousands of Mr. Pruitt’s emails. Mr. Pruitt was ordered by an Oklahoma judge Thursday night to turn over by Tuesday a trove of emails containing communications with fossil-fuels companies.
Those documents, Democrats argued, likely will show collusion between Mr. Pruitt and oil-and-gas firms and could be reason to disqualify him from the post. The Center for Media and Democracy has sought the emails for the past two years, but Mr. Pruitt’s office has released only 411 of the roughly 3,000 messages in question.