Scott Pruitt

Former EPA chief Scott Pruitt in talks to become coal consultant

Scott Pruitt sitting at a wooden desk in a suit and tie.
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Former head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt is in talks to work as a consultant for Kentucky coal mining businessman Joseph Craft III, The New York Times reports.

Why it matters: This is the first time Pruitt has made a career move since his departure from the EPA in July. Pruitt laid out his plans to develop a new consulting firm in one-on-one discussions with several executives during a Kentucky Coal Association meeting last week.

"Mr. Pruitt’s next career steps have been the source of interest particularly in Oklahoma, where he is seen as a viable candidate for the United States Senate or to be governor."
— NYT's Lisa Friedman, Hiroko Tabuchi and Eric Lipton write.

The left's new EPA problem: Andrew Wheeler

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The EPA's plan to weaken vehicle standards underscores a broader problem facing Democrats and their environmental allies: They have little leverage against Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, the man now leading the agency, compared to his predecessor.

Between the lines: Scott Pruitt attracted massive press attention, but that was largely thanks to his big ethical problems and the bizarre trappings of the scandals. Now, Wheeler is advancing a very similar agenda — but without the heavy ethical baggage.