April 05, 2018
Liberals couldn't block Scott Pruitt from his job at the EPA, so they've set their sights on the next best thing: forcing him out of it. Seizing on a few unconfirmed reports from inside the agency, the opposition thinks it has all the ammunition it needs to take out one of the biggest change agents in Trump's cabinet. There's just one problem: conservatives won't let Pruitt go quietly.
They know, as Trump does, just how successful Pruitt has been in transforming the agency from a bastion of liberalism to a transparent government agency that respects its role. "The Left knows he's being effective -- perhaps the most effective member of Trump's cabinet when it comes to actually translating rhetoric into reality -- and they know they cannot stop him, so in typical swamp fashion," Jenny Beth Martin writes in the Hill, "they are intent on destroying."
For Pruitt, the bad blood goes way back to his days as the Oklahoma Attorney General. Liberals targeted him even then, suing the state multiple times for upholding its core values like life. This time, as then, Pruitt isn't budging. "We are getting things done," he told Fox News, "and that's what's driving these folks crazy. And I will tell you the truth, the facts are on our side." And what are those things? Well, for starters, he's started dismantling the regulations that were killing American jobs and hurting business. He was pivotal in the U.S. withdrawing from the misguided Paris climate accord, which was not only the right policy decision, but reflected the strong skepticism that the president's base has toward global warming.
"In his first year in charge of the EPA," Martin points out, "Pruitt finalized more than 20 deregulatory actions, saving taxpayers more than $1 billion in regulatory costs." Making opponents even more irate, he stopped the agency's practice of "secret science," which was how Obama used junk studies to justify suffocating new rules for the EPA. It was called "secret science," because the data was never released to the public. We were just supposed to take the administration's word for it. No more, Pruitt said. "We need to make sure their data and methodology are published as part of the record. Otherwise... it's not objectively measured, and that's important."
No wonder "the environmental movement in total is all in for the removal of Scott Pruitt," as one activist put it. Scott Pruitt is reining in years of dangerous activism that hurt our economy. After years of watching the federal government use an arsenal of tools to fine and punish businesses that did not conform to its environmentalist agenda, Pruitt's approach represents a much-needed change for freedom-loving Americans. We stand behind him -- and his efforts -- to clean up a polluted EPA.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.