President-elect Trump’s latest move to select Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA pretty much silences rumors that Al Gore is setting climate policy.
Like many Americans, I will admit Trump that meeting with Al Gore was a bit of a shock. I figured the meeting did accomplish Trump fulfilling his fruitcake quota for the year.
As Mark Cuban did when asked about his clandestine meeting with Trump, Al Gore commented a similar cryptic quip. Neither man appears to have gotten anything except publicly flogged by the master showman.
Nevertheless, if I had to judge, I’d say Gore got the worst news of the two.
As HuffPo reports, the selection of Pruitt devastates Gore’s snake-oil sales related to climate change:
Pruitt has been a vocal critic of EPA regulations and defender of fossil fuel interests. Lawyers for Devon Energy, one of his state’s biggest oil and gas companies, authored a letter Pruitt sent to the EPA criticizing estimates on emissions from natural gas drilling sites, The New York Times reported in 2014.
The Times published 84 pages of correspondence between Pruitt and Devon, which it described as evidence of an “unprecedented, secretive alliance that Mr. Pruitt and other Republican attorneys general have formed with some of the nation’s top energy producers to push back against the Obama regulatory agenda.”
That’s right. Pruitt was part of a cabal to thwart the EPA.
A friend of mine who went to college with Pruitt described him affectionately as a “bull dog.” The implication was that Pruitt would not pussyfoot around with the climate change nut bags.
The article continues,
Pruitt was first elected attorney general in 2010. His online biography describes him as “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda,” and says he “established Oklahoma’s first federalism unit to combat unwarranted regulation and overreach by the federal government.”
Overreach became the hallmark of the Obama administration. Obama seemed to want to punish states who didn’t back him. And he did so under the guise of “green energy.”
Frankly the man should be prosecuted for the obvious pay-for-play involving the litany of failed green energy companies.
Thank God, Pruitt had the balls to fight the EPA. Because of Pruitt, Oklahoma was one of two dozen states to file suit against the EPA over the Clean Power Plan. The Left claims the plan was part of the Obama administration’s regulatory effort to curb emissions from power plants. However, that’s a lie; the plan was more sinister. Obama meant to scuttle most fossil fuel plants, and he was highly successful, particularly with coal.
Nevertheless, Pruitt said he would ensure that the power plant rules, and other regulatory efforts from the current administration, “will … not survive his presidency.” Although this wasn’t quite the case, Pruitt ended up having the last laugh.
That said, you have to appreciate the way HuffPo laments the selection of Pruitt:
The Trump transition team has looked at Pruitt’s state as a model for a looser regulatory approach to fossil fuel development despite the fact that Oklahoma is being rocked ― literally ― by earthquakes linked to underground disposal of wastewater from oil and gas operations.
As I like to say these days to Leftists, “We won, you lost!”
Put another way, “The science is in, and the climate change weenies got their butts kicked!”