Many had feared before Scott Pruitt was confirmed to be head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that he would do nothing short of work to dismantle the agency. It seems that their worst fears have come true.
In his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, Pruitt repeatedly said that “the future ain’t what it used to be,” before telling the crowd that they were “justified” in wanting to see the EPA eliminated.
He stated, “I think people across this county look at the EPA much as they look at the IRS.”
Pruitt claims that the Obama administration went too far in what he sees as damaging the energy industry. He used this as justification for wanting to see the EPA either completely restructured or gutted altogether.
After his speech, Pruitt said in an interview that he planned to look at previous EPA initiatives and do away with them — like the Clean Power Plan.
Pruitt’s nomination for head of the EPA was controversial in progressive circles, to say the least. He sued the agency he now leads more than a dozen times while top prosecutor of his oil and gas producing state and has also expressed doubts about the science behind climate change.
Watch his speech here: