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Scott Pruitt, Embattled Environmental Protection Agency Chief, Resigns

The embattled head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has quit his post. But his leadership role didn't stay vacant long.

Many breathed a sigh of relief when the news broke, but others expressed concern that Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist who's now the EPA's No. 2, will take over and continue Pruitt's deregulatory agenda.

President Donald Trump's tweet on Thursday that EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigned may have prompted some to celebrate. Instead he took the opportunity to declare his loyalty to Trump and any of his future pursuits. The headline of the article reads "Who is Andrew Wheeler (And Why You Should Be Afraid Of Him)". Here's a quick review: Wheeler. The EPA has yet to transfer the report to the scientists to begin the review. Pruitt is a public official who absolutely should be held accountable for his conduct; no sympathy is warranted.

The two men also commiserated about the "deep state", along with current and former aides, conspiring against them. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.), an arch-climate denier, and as a coal lobbyist.

After leaving Congress, worked for years as a lobbyist for some of the largest coal, chemical and uranium companies in the US - including the uranium mining firm that pushed for the reduction of Bears Ears National Monument, which is near one of its processing facilities. "Wheeler is ethically compromised", said a statement by Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, an environmental campaign group, back in April.

"He is not an accidental administrator.

I don't want to be a distraction.' And I think Scott felt that he was a distraction", said Trump. His deputy has been with me actually a long time. Inhofe expressed his support for his former staffer on Thursday, calling Wheeler "the ideal choice" to serve as acting EPA administrator. The article repeats similar refrains: Wheeler is a carbon copy of Pruitt, just with more Washington connections. As with Pruitt, many on the Left find his views on climate change and environmental regulation disheartening.

MSNBC commentator Chris Hayes implied that Wheeler would be as bad for the environment's health as tobacco is for the human body.

Wheeler's resume reads like an environmental advocate's nightmare for green groups that push for stronger environmental protection.

Dan Eberhart, another prominent energy industry donor to Trump and the Republican National Committee said that Pruitt made "some questionable personal choices but was the president's "most effective ally".

Senators asked Wheeler about the Murray meeting during his confirmation hearing. "I believe that same providence brought me into your service", Pruitt wrote.

That limber sidestep offers small solace to Deans, who is concerned about what the transition from Pruitt to Wheeler spells for the environment. In them, he noted that Trump gave money to both political parties over the years and said Trump was a successful PR person but not a successful businessman.

Others, such as Sen.