Lorraine Chow - Dec. 28, 2016
Scott Pruitt—Donald Trump’s controversial pick to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—is under fire for his supposed ties to a nonprofit controlled by billionaire oil tycoons, Charles and David Koch.
Pruitt prioritized giving speeches to Koch and Mercer funded groups in his first year at EPA
Scott Pruitt gave nearly ten speeches to right-wing think tanks.
NATASHA GEILING - APR 19, 2018
... “Scott Pruitt’s frequent – and frequently secret – speeches to industry and right-wing political groups are another example of how he uses EPA to further his own ambition instead of serving the public,” Tom Pelton, spokesman for the Environmental Integrity Project, told ThinkProgress via email.
“If Administrator Pruitt were doing his job right,” Pelton said, “he’d be talking with and listening to everyone who depends on clean air and water. Instead, he spends all of his time – and the public’s money – hanging out with industry lobbyists and right-wingers he can count on to sing his praises.” ...
Who’s Backing Scott Pruitt to Head the EPA? The Koch Brothers.
Got Science? | February 2017
The two dozen nonprofit groups and Senate committee members who spoke up to defend Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump’s nominee for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, have at least two things in common.
Like Pruitt, they’re climate science deniers. And, like Pruitt, most of them are funded by Charles and David Koch, the billionaire brothers who own the coal, oil and gas conglomerate Koch Industries.
That funding helps explain why they all consistently misrepresent the scientific consensus on climate change. After all, money buys influence, and since 1997, Koch foundations have paid a network of think tanks and advocacy groups more than $88 million to spread climate science disinformation—more than twice what ExxonMobil, the second-biggest denier-network funder, has spent. Likewise, Koch Industries has contributed $38.5 million to federal candidates over the last 25 years and spent another $117 million since 1998 on lobbying. ...
Koch denial network is alive and well
In advance of Pruitt’s nomination hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on January 18, a coalition of 23 nonprofit groups sent a letter to the entire Senate urging his confirmation. “Attorney General Pruitt has consistently fought for Oklahoma families and communities,” the letter states, “and has been a stalwart defender against federal intrusion into state and individual rights.” ...