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The Morning Brew: Trump picks Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as EPA chief

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Trump picks Pruitt to head EPA

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. 

Now what?

The Oklahoman's Rick Green reports: 

If he wins Senate confirmation, Pruitt, whose background is in law and politics and is a foremost proponent for industries that extract resources, will be charged with leading an agency whose mission is to protect human health and the environment.

For his part, Trump says he expects Pruitt to protect the environment and free industry to be more productive. The oil and gas industry has been so productive in recent years that it has produced a glut of supply that has driven down prices, led to mass layoffs and thrown the Oklahoma economy into recession.

The pick inspired polarized and passionate reactions

Pruitt has sued the EPA more than a dozen times during his time as attorney general.

Politico reports:

As attorney general for a state that is one of the nation's biggest oil, natural gas and grain producers, Pruitt has been at the forefront of lawsuits challenging EPA regulations on carbon emissions and water pollution, and he is expected to lead the effort to erase much of President Barack Obama's environmental agenda. Pruitt has also faced accusations that he's unusually close to energy producers, including a 2014 New York Times story reporting that he and other Republican attorneys general had formed an “unprecedented, secretive alliance” with the industry.

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Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award... Read more ›

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