New EPA Boss Same as the Old Boss: Pruitt Policy to Stay Intact

New EPA Boss Same as the Old Boss: Pruitt Policy to Stay Intact
The replacement of Scott Pruitt may mean a change in style but not substance at the EPA, claims a former agency official.

"He's very low-key," Holmstead said. "I don't think he'll be spending a lot of time making speeches and doing public events. To a large extent, he'll just be quietly working to implement the regulatory reforms that Pruitt started."

There is no doubt Wheeler shares many of Pruitt's views. In 2010, Wheeler took aim at the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, saying it was functioning "more as a political body than a scientific body," and had "blurred the lines between science and advocacy" so much that its scientific conclusions were unreliable.

Wheeler hasn't always been a Trump fan. In an April 2016 post on Facebook that has been deleted but was reported by The Washington Post, he called Trump a "bully," and suggested the president's baggage and limited knowledge of the way government works would impair his viability as a general-election candidate. Wheeler later said he got "fully on board" with Trump after a closer look.

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