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Rudhdi Karnik,, 202-495-3055

Sierra Club Response to Scott Pruitt’s Introductory Address and John Muir Quote

WASHINGTON - Today, in his introductory remarks to EPA employees, lifelong EPA opponent and new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt quoted Sierra Club Founder John Muir.

In response, Michael Brune, Sierra Club’s Executive Director, released the following statement:

“John Muir is rolling over in his grave at the notion of someone as toxic to the environment as Scott Pruitt taking over the EPA.”


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The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the United States. It was founded on May 28, 1892 in San Francisco, California by the well-known conservationist and preservationist John Muir, who became its first president. The Sierra Club has hundreds of thousands of members in chapters located throughout the US, and is affiliated with Sierra Club Canada.

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