If there was ever a doubt that EPA Chief Scott Pruitt was in cahoots with the oil and gas industry, just read the thousands of emails just released as a result of a ‘sunshine’ request. Per the NY Times: “The emails show that his office corresponded with those companies — including Devon Energy, an Oklahoma oil and gas producer, and American Electric Power, an Ohio-based utility — in efforts to weaken federal environmental regulations, the same rules he will now oversee.”
Was this really in the best interest of Oklahomans? You decide: Oklahoma has seen a seismic increase in magnitude 3.0+ earthquakes – from 41 in 2010 to over 903 in 2015 and 623 in 2016 – while allowing fracking to expand virtually uncontrolled across the state. Those are the indisputable facts. And, throughout this period, Pruitt did NOTHING to address the issue.
In addition to the obvious collusion with oil and gas, there remains a question of whether Pruitt sought funding in exchange for his support. The Oklahoma attorney general’s office withheld some documents, asking the judge to determine if they can be exempted from the order requiring their release. Other open-records requests from the Center for Media and Democracy, The Times and other news organizations remain pending.
Step 1: Contact the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office and let them know you want the ALL of the Pruitt emails released.
- Script: “I want to know ALL the details about Scott Pruitt’s dealings with the oil and gas industry, including any exchange of money for his interventions with the EPA. I challenge your request to withhold emails that should be provided by the open-records request.”
- Phone: (405) 521-3921, 8am-5pm central time zone. Let the receptionist know you are calling to ask for a full release of Pruitt’s emails, and ask for the public comment line and leave a message.
- Note – the message still says Pruitt is AG…not the case, but a new permanent AG not yet named.
BREATHE AND STEP FORWARD!
Thank you from the TrumpResistance.TODAY team
For more information about Pruitt’s emails and history, click here – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/22/us/politics/scott-pruitt-environmental-protection-agency.html?_r=0
For more information about the importance of current environmental regulations and an optimistic view the limitations of Pruitt’s power, clicke here – http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21717376-environmental-protections-will-not-be-undone-overnight-scourge-epa-takes-over