Scott Pruitt

Trump to nominate Andrew Wheeler as permanent head of EPA

Andrew Wheeler
Acting EPA adminstrator Andrew Wheeler. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images.

During the Medal of Freedom ceremony Friday, President Trump said he was nominating acting administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler, to head the agency permanently.

What's next: Wheeler, who is a former coal lobbyist and has said he is skeptical that the burning of fossil fuels is the primary cause of global warming, has been temporarily filling in as EPA chief since July following Scott Pruitt's departure. Wheeler will need to be confirmed by the Senate before before becoming the new head of the agency.

Former EPA chief Scott Pruitt in talks to become coal consultant

Scott Pruitt sitting at a wooden desk in a suit and tie.
Photo: Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images

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.
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