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Audubon Deeply Concerned by “Anti-EPA” Nominee Scott Pruitt

A climate denier has no place leading the Environmental Protection Agency.

WASHINGTON (December 7, 2016)—Today, President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team announced the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as a candidate for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The National Audubon Society issued the following response:

 “Scott Pruitt’s nomination as the anti-EPA Administrator causes us deep concern,” said David Yarnold (@david_yarnold), Audubon’s president and CEO. “The Environmental Protection Agency’s work has always been based on science, but Pruitt is a climate change denier who has worked to dismantle well-grounded protections for clean air and clean water.

“Those protections have benefited birds and kids for decades and the next administration’s EPA needs to base its work on scientific consensus, something Pruitt hasn’t shown a willingness to do. We urge the Senate to hold an EPA administrator to those basic standards.” 

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