This week’s must read, written by one of our friends at Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions: Hill Republicans should look to Cabinet, states for proven clean energy solutions
This week’s must watch: It’s too late to do anything about climate change, right?
This week in climate change news, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) announced that she will oppose the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as administrator to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
“Due to my concerns about Mr. Pruitt’s commitment to the mission of the EPA, I will cast my vote in opposition to his confirmation,” Collins said in a statement.
“The fact is, Mr. Pruitt and I have fundamentally different views of the role and mission of the EPA,” her statement said. “That does not mean that I agree with every regulatory action that EPA has taken… but the EPA plays a vital role in implementing and enforcing landmark laws that protect not only our environment but also public health.” Collins specifically cited Pruitt’s opposition to “numerous issues that are of great importance to the state of Maine, including mercury controls for coal-fired power plants and efforts to reduce cross-state air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.” Pruitt has cast doubts on the viability of climate science.
Collins said Pruitt’s past action leave her “with considerable doubts about whether his vision for the EPA is consistent with the Agency’s critical mission to protect human health and the environment.”
Pruitt passed the U.S. Senate Friday afternoon.
Did you catch the snowballs we lovingly sent to Congress for Valentine’s Day? With DC temps expected to be in the 60s this weekend, the sweet kind of snowball is all you’re going to find in these parts.
Have a great weekend and don’t forget to write!