Climate Change / Energy

Senate confirms Scott Pruitt to lead EPA

Credit: Gage Skidmore

WASHINGTON, DC — “Once Republican senators lined up behind him, Pruitt’s nomination was never truly in jeopardy.

The Senate voted 52-46 on Thursday to end debate on the EPA nomination, lining up a Friday afternoon vote for the nation’s top environmental regulator.

The vote tracked partisan affiliations with only a few exceptions. Democratic Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (ND) and Joe Manchin (WV), both from coal-heavy states, voted in favor of the nomination, while Republican Sen. Susan Collins (ME) voted against.

Throughout the confirmation process, Democrats expressed concern with Pruitt’s track record as Oklahoma Attorney General, where he consistently joined oil and gas companies in challenging federal environmental regulations.”

— Robert Walton and Gavin Bade, Utility Dive

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