DeGette Pledges to Continue Opposing EPA’s Environmental Assault after Pruitt Resignation
Denver -- Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip, released the following statement in response to the resignation of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, announced today by President Trump.
“Scott Pruitt’s resignation is welcome news, but long-overdue. For many months, he has callously ignored intense public scrutiny over myriad scandals, improprieties and ethical lapses, further sullying the EPA’s reputation and tarnishing its proud legacy of environmental stewardship. He has betrayed the public trust time and again while failing the honorable civil servants he leads in this critical federal agency. These wrongdoings, however, often overshadowed his greatest ongoing scheme -- repealing and undermining vital environmental safeguards that protect nature and Americans alike, silencing important scientific research and casting doubt on humanity’s role in driving climate change, all to benefit his corporate cronies.
“Though Scott Pruitt will soon step down from his position at the agency’s helm, this objective remains at the forefront of the Trump administration’s goals, and even more unprecedented environmental attacks could continue under acting-administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, and Pruitt’s eventual permanent replacement. As a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and a fourth-generation Coloradan, I will continue opposing this alarming debasement of the agency’s mission, and I will whole-heartedly oppose any forthcoming nominee who pledges to continue what Scott Pruitt started. Our planet, our health and our future are at stake.”