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Letter: Scott Pruitt is an embarrassment

To the editor:

Scott Pruitt was appointed to Secretary of the [Environmental Protection Agency] by [President Donald] Trump because he is both a climate change denier and, while in Oklahoma, spent his career as attorney general, challenging EPA regulations in court on behalf of his friends in the fossil fuel industry. So, now he is rolling back regulations that prevent pollution that are designed to safeguard our air and water, ridding the agency of scientists and deliberately refusing to defend the agency’s budget.

But, additionally, he’s unethical in spending on splurging for his office improvements, a “secure phone booth,” armored cars, first-class airline tickets, questionable trips (Morocco to pitch liquefied natural gas), meetings with industry lobbyists (advocating we pull out of Paris climate accords), large security details, “special” lodging arrangement in a lobbyist’s condo, use of two personal email accounts and massive and illegal pay raises for his pals he brought to the agency from Oklahoma.

And when asked in Congress and by reporters about all of this questionable activity and spending, Pruitt either denies it happened or says it is “necessary.”

Only in Trumpworld.

Tom Minnerick

Elgin

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