Scott Pruitt’s out


 VICTORY! Scott Pruitt just resigned from his job as EPA Administrator.

The scandals surrounding Pruitt have been building for months. Sweet deals on rent in a lobbyist’s condo. Over $150,000 in taxpayer money wasted on luxury travel. Building a private phone booth in EPA headquarters. Meeting with Big Oil executives instead of scientists. Giving hundreds of thousands of dollars in special raises to his favorite staff — in direct contravention of White House rules and guidelines.

But Friends of the Earth members like you amplified those scandals and made them impossible for Trump to ignore. Pruitt resigned after you signed petitions, made phone calls, and took to social media to demand that he be kicked out of the EPA.

This shows that when people like you stand up to Trump and his Administration, you can make a difference. You can stop them from destroying our environment.

Forcing Pruitt out of the EPA is a huge victory for people and the environment. Pruitt has done everything he can to destroy our environmental protections. And until the scandals caught up to him, he was dangerously effective at it.

What’s more, Pruitt was rumored to have bigger political ambitions. His name was being circulated as a potential replacement if Trump fires Attorney General Jeff Sessions. And the New York Times even speculated that he could have his eye on the White House.

By kicking Pruitt out of the EPA, you helped send a strong message that it’s unacceptable for our leaders to put the fossil fuel industry and other corporate interests ahead of people and the planet. And you are helping prevent Pruitt from doing any more damage in future positions.

Trump is still trying to fill his government with anti-science extremists and climate deniers. Pruitt’s potential replacement — coal industry crony Andrew Wheeler — could be confirmed by the Senate any day now. Meanwhile, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is also mired in corruption and continues to attack our public lands.

We’ll need you with us every step of the way as we work to stop these dangerous nominees and appointees. But this shows that when we all take action together, we win.

Thank you for helping build a better future for our country and our planet.
Standing with you,

Lukas Ross, Climate and energy campaigner, Friends of the Earth, USA


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