Friday, 21 September, 2018


Farmer, ethanol producers rally during EPA chief’s visit

Farmer, ethanol producers rally during EPA chief’s visit Farmer, ethanol producers rally during EPA chief’s visit
Kristine Garrett | 16 June, 2018, 00:19

The EPA head said petitions have been lodged asking the agency to revisit the finding, calling its passage in 2009 a "breach of process".

In recent days, new reports have emerged showing that Pruitt repeatedly used his position to seek employment and business opportunities for his wife, and had agency staffers doing personal errands on his behalf - both allegations that could run afoul of federal ethics laws.

Inhofe - who said he's a longtime friend of Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general - said on the Ingraham's program that he agreed with her criticism of Pruitt "100 percent".

Ingraham, herself a key media ally of Trump, said Pruitt was "hurting the president".

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is facing fresh skepticism among Republicans, including one of his staunchest supporters from the Sooner State.

Farmers and ethanol producers in South Dakota held a good old fashioned tractor rally in Sioux Falls as Administrator Pruitt met with farmers in Reliance about 200 miles west. "Corn prices right now are at breakeven or below and we've lost 1.5 billion gallons of ethanol to exemptions that EPA has granted to refiners", said South Dakota Corn Growers president Troy Knecht. Instead of focusing on how ethics issues and wasteful spending are bad for the EPA and the country, she chose to caution Trump that Pruitt's actions could reflect negatively on the president. She also criticized Pruitt for using his office for personal benefit.

The American Future Fund, a political nonprofit, is running a campaign-style television ad calling Pruitt a "swamp monster" and using a clip of President Trump when he hosted "The Apprentice" saying "You're fired".

Farmer, ethanol producers rally during EPA chief’s visit

This is no way for any public official to treat taxpayers. "You know that and I know that, and evidence proves that E15 is fantastic for vehicles".

Inhofe also told Ingraham that Andrew Wheeler, the former coal lobbyist and current deputy EPA administrator, "might be a good swap" for Pruitt, telegraphing his unhappiness with his fellow Oklahoman.

Among the speakers was Representative Kent Peterson of Salem, who had a message for Pruitt.... "Frankly, I haven't paid that close attention to them".

For now, Pruitt continues to enjoy Trump's support, stemming mostly from his work implementing the administration's agenda.

"Scott Pruitt is doing a great job within the walls of the EPA". "Outside, he's being attacked very viciously by the press". I have seen these things.

"Scott's got some really powerful enemies in this town". But the emails only documented Pruitt's conduct.

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