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Senate Prepares to Vote on Wheeler Nomination

Fossil fuel crony and Pruitt heir-apparent has no place at the EPA.

WASHINGTON - The Senate is expected to consider the nomination of Andrew Wheeler for the post of Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. A long-time fossil fuel lobbyist with a record of climate denial, Wheeler is a likely successor if Scott Pruitt is fired or resigns.                                                                        

Lukas Ross, Climate and Energy Campaigner at Friends of the Earth, issued the following statement:


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Andrew Wheeler is Big Oil’s backup plan in case Scott Pruitt’s corruption finally finishes him. Wheeler would continue the Trump-Pruitt agenda of fossil fuel worship and corporate favoritism. As Scott Pruitt stumbles from scandal to scandal, there is nothing more dangerous than a dirty energy lobbyist waiting in the wings to become acting Administrator. The Senate must reject Andrew Wheeler.


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