Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Who Is Andrew Wheeler, Trump's New EPA Chief?

Who Is Andrew Wheeler, Trump's New EPA Chief?

Mr Pruitt's resignation is the latest in a long list of White House departures since Mr Trump took office past year.

During his one-year tenure, Pruitt crisscrossed the country at taxpayer expense to speak with industry groups and hobnob with GOP donors, but he showed little interest in listening to advocates he derided as "the environmental left". Coming into office as a critic of EPA and a climate skeptic, Pruitt moved aggressively to scale back Obama-era moves on climate change, automobile pollution standards and other industrial pollutants.

Pallone last month accused Pruitt's EPA of "betraying the bipartisan effort" that led to passage led to a law updating federal chemical regulations and was named for the late U.S. Sen. "However, the unrelenting attacks on me personally (and) my family are unprecedented and have taken a sizable toll on all of us". It's this notoriety and insider savvy that could make Wheeler risky; unlike Pruitt, who was relatively new to Washington when he took the job leading the EPA, Wheeler could continue to work closely with old friends.

But revelations about his behavior continued to mount, including reports that he repeatedly enlisted subordinates to help him search for housing, book personal travel and even help search for a six-figure job for his wife.

Matt Dempsey, the managing director of FTI Consulting who worked with Wheeler on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said he fully expects Wheeler will carry out President Trump's agenda.

He's been investigated for undertaking expensive, first-class worldwide travel with a large detail, and for spending $43,000 to build a soundproof phone booth in his office.

Andrew Wheeler, the former deputy EPA administrator, is unlikely to shift the agency's course as he steps into his new role as acting chief.

Pruitt's transgressions, in the eyes of many, were overwhelming: His flew first-class and asked aides about securing a military jet, secured a sweetheart apartment rental deal from a lobbyist, and sought government officials to give his wife a job, among other allegations.

"The president shouldn't expect the criticism to stop with Pruitt's resignation", he said. Bloomberg has a full rundown of the public inquiries, at least a dozen of which were still pending when Pruitt resigned. He is a former chief of staff to Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe, the Republican who has become known as one of Capitol Hill's most prominent climate change deniers. "As we have proven again and again, when the EPA threatens New Yorkers' health and environment, we will take the agency to court - and we will win". "Americans will not tolerate another EPA administrator whose primary goal is to fight the core mission of the EPA". Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned previous year after it was reported he spent taxpayer funds on charter flights.

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Washington D.C. Tom Carper of DE, long a vocal critic of Pruitt's.

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