Statement of Lisa Pohlmann, executive director, Natural Resources Council of Maine
“Scott Pruitt, President-Elect Trump’s selection to lead the EPA, is an anti-science, anti-environment ideologue. Over the last decade, he has sued the EPA to challenge nearly every major environmental protection, from the landmark Clean Power Plan to rules that protect clean water to standards that protect Americans from smog, haze, methane and more. He has questioned the scientific basis of climate change and the role of fossil fuel emissions. And he has done all of that based on his intimate ties to the fossil fuel industry.
“We need to accelerate federal action to protect our environment and our climate, not reverse direction.
We are counting on Maine Senator Collins and Senator King to reject this terrible nomination. We need leaders in Washington who will stand up for the American people, not fossil fuel interests. Maine’s senators understand the science of climate change is real and know that environmental protections and progress are critical for the health of Maine people and our economy, which are inextricably linked.”
Pruitt joined the multi-state lawsuit against the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Pruitt has called the rule “unlawful and overreaching” and said the CPP “will shutter coal-fired power plants, and significantly increase the price of electricity for American consumers.” Tulsa World, 5/21/16