James Inhofe

Trump to tap champion of fossil fuels as environmental chief

President-elect Donald Trump is expected to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, a source close to Pruitt said Wednesday.

Pruitt, a 48-year-old Republican, has been a reliable booster of the fossil fuel industry and an outspoken critic of what he derides as the EPA's "activist agenda." Pruitt was spotted visiting Trump Tower Wednesday.

The person close to Pruitt who provided the information was unauthorized to speak publicly about Trump's pick and did so on condition of anonymity.

Environmental groups quickly denounced Pruitt as a puppet of polluters, with the Sierra Club likening his selection as EPA...

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