Statement on Confirmation of Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator

Friday, February 17, 2017

SACRAMENTO – California Senate President Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) issued the following statement reacting to today’s U.S. Senate confirmation of Scott Pruitt to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

“With the confirmation of the profoundly unfit Scott Pruitt – an unapologetic career mouthpiece of the fossil-fuel industry -- as head of our nation’s Environmental Protection Agency, this is a dark and ominous day for America’s commitment to clean air, clear water, children’s health, states’ rights, science-based solutions – and the national economy that depends on them.  

“Republican Senator Susan Collins is right: Pruitt’s record and his vision for the EPA are inconsistent with the core mission of the agency -- to protect human health and our environment.

“Mr. Pruitt is a clear and present danger to our economic prosperity and the health of our children. He was appointed for one reason: to systematically dismantle our environmental protections when it comes to our water, air and wildlife. He made a career of defending corporate polluters and blocking environmental protections by litigating against the agency he now leads.

“California will not follow Trump’s destructive path. We’ve proven that you can protect the environment and grow jobs. We’ve delinked economic growth from greenhouse gas emissions and helped turn clean energy into a pillar of our economy that now supports over half a million jobs in our state.

“Our commitment to balancing quality of life and economic growth is a primary reason why California remains a magnet for immigrants from all over the world and will continue to be America’s capital of technological innovation.”

VIDEO: Sen. De León - Conversation with former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy