In this exclusive web essay, Bill Moyers takes on President Trump’s choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has a track record of putting the business interests of the energy sector before the environmental and health interests of the public. He has spent his career fighting the rules and regulations of the agency he is now being nominated to lead. His expected confirmation threatens to make America great for polluters again.
Update: Republican senators on the Environment and Public Works Committee suspended rules that required at least one Democratic senator be in attendance and voted 11-0 to approve Pruitt’s nomination on Thursday. Yesterday, Democrats on the committee walked out and sent a letter to the Oklahoma Attorney General’s office demanding more complete information about his potential conflicts of interest. The full Senate is expected to vote on Pruitt’s nomination early next week.
Credits: Gail Ablow, Producer; Rebecca Sherwood, Editor