Republican Andrew Wheeler succeeds Scott Pruitt as head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, and that’s awful news for environmentalists, as Andrew Wheeler, 55, was a coal lobbyist for eight years. This move could be another strike against climate change fight in the US.
One climate change skeptic replaces another as head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
After the resignation of Scott Pruitt, who ended a year in office and scandals related to his astonishing lifestyle, the task was entrusted to Republican Andrew Wheeler, aged 55, who was a coal lobbyist.
I have accepted the resignation of Scott Pruitt as the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job, and I will always be thankful to him for this.
US President Donald Trump
If the former head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, loved oil, the new one loves coal.
Andrew Wheeler was a coal industry lobbyist from 2009 to 2017. However, a lawyer at the base, Andrew Wheeler made a real return to his roots, as he obtained its first job in his career at the US Environmental Protection Agency in 1991. For four years then, he worked at the Office of Pollution, Prevention and Toxics.
Andrew Wheeler is another climate change denier
Like his US EPA predecessor, Wheeler should continue to ruin the Obama administration’s climate efforts. In the columns of the New York Times, New Mexico Democrat Senator Tom Udall describes Wheeler as “a climate denier who spent most of his political career lobbying for the biggest polluters.”
During his career as a lawyer, Andrew Wheeler defended Murray Energy, the largest coal producer in the United States.
Last year, when the US Senate confirmed him as the agency’s number 2, he said that he believes that “man has an impact on the climate, but we don’t quite understand what that impact is.”
This nomination worries environmentalists who advocate that Andrew Wheeler will be even more effective than Scott Pruitt in ruining the fight against climate change in the US.
Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.