JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska’s State Senate Majority has made an unusual announcement, applauding President-Elect Trump for reportedly choosing Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.
Incoming Senate President Pete Kelly (R-Fairbanks) and Senate Resource Committee Chair Cathy Giessel (R-Anchorage) issued a statement Wednesday, with Sen. Kelly saying, “This appointment is a clear signal that President-elect Trump is taking seriously the need to rein in an out-of-control government agency whose rogue actions have tightened a vise around Alaska’s economy.”
Kelly and Giessel describe Pruitt as a “big breath of fresh air,” and expect he will “fight federal overreach and anti-development agendas by the EPA.”
Sen. Giessel wrote, “While we all want clean air and water, the EPA has, in recent years, abandoned common sense, and failed to consider the balance between protecting the environment and the impact of their regulations on jobs and the economy.”
Pruitt has been named a ‘climate change denialist’ by critics at The New York Times , while The Washington Post described the decision as ‘a move signaling an assault on President Obama’s climate change and environmental legacy.’