In His Haste to Roll Back Rules, Scott Pruitt, E.P.A. Chief, Risks His Agenda

Apr 10, 2018

By Coral Davenport and Lisa Friedman

WASHINGTON — As ethical questions threaten the Environmental Protection Agency administrator, Scott Pruitt, President Trump has defended him with a persuasive conservative argument: Mr. Pruitt is doing a great job at what he was hired to do, roll back regulations.

But legal experts and White House officials say that in Mr. Pruitt’s haste to undo government rules and in his eagerness to hold high-profile political events promoting his agenda, he has often been less than rigorous in following important procedures, leading to poorly crafted legal efforts that risk being struck down in court.

The result, they say, is that the rollbacks, intended to fulfill one of the president’s central campaign pledges, may ultimately be undercut or reversed.

“In their rush to get things done, they’re failing to dot their i’s and cross their t’s. And they’re starting to stumble over a lot of trip wires,” said Richard Lazarus, a professor of environmental law at Harvard. “They’re producing a lot of short, poorly crafted rulemakings that are not likely to hold up in court.”

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One comment on “In His Haste to Roll Back Rules, Scott Pruitt, E.P.A. Chief, Risks His Agenda”

  • @OP – “In their rush to get things done, they’re failing to dot their i’s and cross their t’s. And they’re starting to stumble over a lot of trip wires,” said Richard Lazarus, a professor of environmental law at Harvard. “They’re producing a lot of short, poorly crafted rule-makings that are not likely to hold up in court.”

    Yep! The revolving door for incompetent ideological Trump appointments, carries on spinning!

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-44733072

    Scott Pruitt quits as head of US environment agency

    Mr Pruitt is the subject of at least a dozen investigations into his conduct.

    He has been under scrutiny for renting an apartment with ties to a fossil fuels lobbyist.

    He is also accused of bypassing the White House to secure big pay rises for two long-time staff members.

    Meanwhile he has angered many liberals and environmentalists by severely curtailing the agency’s activities and repealing many measures designed to protect the environment.

    The EPA chief had managed to hold out longer than most expected as a cavalcade of controversies mounted, each alone enough to fell a Cabinet appointee in a past administration.

    Another Trump cowboy operator has come unstuck following his master’s destructive objectives in a job for which he was manifestly unsuited and incapable! !



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