Environmentalists oppose Trump’s EPA pick
NEW HAVEN >> Environmentalists have sent a letter to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team opposing the nomination of Scott Pruitt as the administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The letter was signed by the Connecticut Fund for the Environment Save the Sound, and 34 other organizations from Connecticut and New York.
In addition, 757 signatures were collected from 17 states.
If the nomination advances, the Connecticut and New York groups will press their senators to reject him, the letter said.
Pruitt, the Oklahoma attorney general, has a long record in government of opposing clean energy and water initiatives and denying climate change and voicing concerns for Long Island Sound, the letter said.
“We ask that President-elect Trump rescind the nomination and put forth a candidate dedicated to protecting — not exploiting — this country’s natural resources,” said the letter to the team and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
“No U.S. citizen wants to go back to the days of smog-choked cities and burning rivers.”
Other state organizations signing on included the New Haven Leon Sister City Project, 350 Connecticut in Milford, Clean Up Sound and Harbors in Stonington, and the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters in Hartford.
“No American wants to go back to the days of smog-choked cities and oil-slicked rivers,” Donald S. Strait, president of CFE/Save the Sound, said in a press release.
“Over the last 40 years, the EPA has developed and enforced protections that have purified the air we breathe, cleaned up the Sound we love, helped slow climate change, and held polluters accountable.
“To place this critical agency in the hands of an administrator who has actively fought EPA clean water rules, Clean Air regulation, and the Clean Power Plan isn’t just letting the fox into the henhouse, it’s handing the fox the architectural blueprints and a stick of dynamite,” Strait said.
The letter says that Pruit has fought EPA regulations in regard to clean water, air and power; that he is a climate-change deny-er; and that would be detrimental to the EPA.
“If the president-elect insists on continuing to put Attorney General Pruitt forward, we will call on our senators to stand up not only for Connecticut’s and New York’s natural resources, but for our health and our regional economy, by firmly rejecting him,” the letter said.