President-Elect Trump And The Environment

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The president-elect and the environment.  His pick to run the EPA is a close ally of fossil fuel companies and questions climate change?  What can we expect?

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt arrives at Trump Tower in New York,. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt arrives at Trump Tower in New York,. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

Word over the weekend that the front-runner for Secretary of State under Donald Trump is CEO of the world’s biggest oil company, Exxon-Mobil. Climate change denier and top foe of EPA policy, Scott Pruitt, is up to head the EPA. And pro-drilling Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers for Secretary of Interior. Climate scientists say we are at a tipping point – cut back fossil fuel use or pay a brutal price. Trump says pedal to the metal. This hour On Point: The incoming Trump administration and the environment. — Tom Ashbrook


Emily Holden, reporter for E & E News' ClimateWire and Power Plan Hub. E & E is a trade journal that covers environmental and energy policy and markets. (@emilyhholden)

Bill McKibben, author, environmentalist and founder of Distinguished scholar at Middleburry College. Author of "The End of Nature" and "Oil and Honey." (@billmckibben)

Amb. C. Boyden Gray, founding partner of Boyden Gray & Associates, a law and strategy firm. Former U.S. Ambassador to the European Union and former counsel to the Presidential Task Force on Regulatory Relief.

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ClimateWire: What does Scott Pruitt believe about climate science? — "Environmental groups yesterday sounded off against Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt (R) leading U.S. EPA, calling him a climate denier with deep fossil fuel ties who has relentlessly aimed to thwart greenhouse gas standards. Pruitt is among the chief attorneys general leading a 28-state fight against the agency's carbon regulations for power plants, and he joined a lawsuit against methane emissions limits for the oil and gas sector."

Bloomberg Politics: Trump Team’s Memo Hints at Broad Shake-Up of U.S. Energy Policy -- "Advisers to President-elect Donald Trump are developing plans to reshape Energy Department programs, help keep aging nuclear plants online and identify staff who played a role in promoting President Barack Obama’s climate agenda."

Washington Post: A dire week for climate change activists closes on a grim note -- "As attorney general of a state that makes a lot of money from the fossil-fuel industry, Pruitt was perhaps unsurprisingly hostile to attempts by the EPA to curtail the greenhouse gas emissions that fossil fuels produce. Pruitt (along with a number of officials from other states) sued the EPA. But his advocacy often went further. In 2014, the New York Times won a Pulitzer for its reporting on the conflicts between state attorneys general and business interests. One story singled out Pruitt for having taken a letter from the energy industry and simply putting it on his official letterhead. Pruitt, simply put, rejects established science linking climate change to human activity."

This program aired on December 12, 2016.


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