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Earthjustice's President on Scott Pruitt's Confirmation as EPA Administrator

Earthjustice's President on Scott Pruitt's Confirmation as EPA Administrator

Because Democrats changed Senate rules in 2013, cabinet nominees are able to pass with the support of just a simple majority instead of the previously required 60 votes. It is unclear if the order by Oklahoma District Court Judge Aletia Haynes Timmons late on Thursday afternoon will delay the vote.

Senate Democrats said Pruitt didn't provide substantive answers to their questions and rebuffed requests for an assortment of documents - including e-mails and other records of his interaction with agricultural and oil companies - by recommending senators use public records requests to get the material from Oklahoma officials.

Yesterday, a judge ruled that Pruitt must turn over thousands of emails.

This is all contingent on Donald Trump's nominee for head of the EPA, Scott Pruitt, being approved by the Senate in a confirmation vote on Friday. Merkley requested on the Senate floor Friday that the vote be delayed until all of Pruitt's emails are released, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was present in the almost empty Senate chamber, and the Kentucky Republican objected to the request.

Environmental groups have already begun hiring additional lawyers to stymie as much of Pruitt's agenda as possible in court.

Ericksen, serving as EPA's temporary communications director, said it was a move to "limit trael costs". "We held a confirmation hearing that lasted more than six hours".

"Throughout the past eight years, the EPA became an out-of-control bureaucracy focused on advancing the political priorities of the Obama Administration instead of its intended goal", said Shelby.

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At Pruitt's confirmation hearing he affirmed EPA's authority to regulate pollutants like carbon and mercury under the Clean Air Act, though some of the lawsuits he filed targeted those specific regulations.

The emails had been requested under the state's Open Records Act but the petitioners were consistently denied access. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., said.

The Pruitt confirmation was not in doubt. At the same time, Pruitt responded to Sen. Only a single Republican broke party ranks to oppose Pruitt, a climate change denier who has repeatedly sued the EPA to block lifesaving pollution-prevention measures. Activists hoped to pressure the lawmakers into voting against Pruitt, who has engaged in more than 12 lawsuits against the EPA, mostly over concerns the agency's Clean Power Plan is unconstitutional.

"Our perspective is not partisan", the letter states. "A crusader on behalf of the energy industry against environmental protection", said Murphy.

"Throughout his career, he has consistently sided with the big polluters over the local communities and the local businesses", said Tester, who cited deaths and illnesses in Montana as a result of mining companies that he said put profits over public health".

"Scott Pruitt would not commit to upholding California's leadership on fuel economy standards".