Donald Trump picks ‘climate change sceptic’ Scott Pruitt to lead EPA
Anyone who can think and isn’t a drone is a ‘sceptic’.
In a move signalling an intention to dismantle President Obama’s climate change and environmental legacy, president-elect Trump will nominate Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of the oil and gas intensive state of Oklahoma, to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
Pruitt has spent much of his energy as attorney general fighting against the agency he will now lead.
A push to freeze and rollback new regulations could cheer some CEOs, Mr. Trump’s relationship with the business community has had plenty of rough spots. Throughout the campaign he threatened to impose taxes on companies that moved jobs overseas. He lambasted big banks and multinational corporations in a campaign video that ascribed dark motives to the forces of globalism.
Mr. Trump also has taken to Twitter since the election to confront individual businesses and labor leaders by name over specific disputes, a tactic some economists warn could amplify corporate uncertainty around his policies.
“That’s his style, so I guess we just need to get used to it,” said Bruce McFee, chief executive of Sullivan-Palatek Inc., a family-owned maker of industrial air compressors in Michigan City, Ind.