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Scott Pruitt Officially Recognizes That He Only Listens to the Fossil Fuel Industry

WASHINGTON - Today, it is widely expected that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will dismiss science advisers who have received Agency grants from the EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB), replacing them with figures tied to the fossil fuel and chemical industries. Pruitt is claiming the action is being taken to eliminate conflicts of interest among scientists, but the move is widely understood to be an attack on science, which Pruitt either ignores or denies. Furthermore, those Pruitt is seeking to place on the SAB have been well known to advise or push Pruitt and Donald Trump since they took office.

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

"Scott Pruitt doesn't want to listen to a word from anyone who isn't in the pocket of corporate polluters. Of course Pruitt doesn't want to support science or hear from anyone who is respected in the scientific community, because science makes clear that Pruitt's policies are disastrous for the health of our kids and our communities. For Pruitt, anything that helps corporate polluters make money is good and science and facts are just roadblocks he wants to tear down."


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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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