Heads up on the storm that is approaching. It’s name is Pruitt.
Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency, is drawing up plans to move forward on the president’s campaign promise to “get rid of” the agency he hopes to head. He has a blueprint to repeal climate change rules, cut staffing levels, close regional offices and permanently weaken the agency’s regulatory authority. But Mr. Pruitt, a lawyer who made a career suing the E.P.A., is not likely to start with the kind of shock and awe that Mr. Trump has used to disorient Washington. Instead, he will use the legal tools at his disposal to pare back the agency’s reach and power, and trim its budget selectively. Coral Davenport reports. (NY Times) See also: Scores of EPA workers object to Trump’s pick to lead agency http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/scores-of-epa-workers-object-to-trumps-pick-to-lead-agency/ Carla Johnson and Michael Biesecker report. (Associated Press) And: Florida Republican Proposes Bill to Abolish the EPA http://gizmodo.com/florida-republican-proposes-bill-to-eliminate-the-epa-1792024005 Eve Peyser reports. (Gizmodo)