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Another View: Pruitt at EPA would be an environmental disaster
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Another View: Pruitt at EPA would be an environmental disaster

Author Michael Conathan argues that President-elect Donald Trump's nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency would in no way benefit Maine's environment or economy.

Portraying Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency, as “balanced” – the way Maine Sen. Garrett Mason did in his Jan. 5 opinion piece, published by the Portland Press Herald – is akin to calling the scientific evidence that burning fossil fuels causes climate change “far from settled.” Of course, the latter quote comes from Pruitt himself.

Sen. Mason’s argument that Pruitt’s nomination would somehow benefit Maine’s environment or economy is as flawed as Pruitt’s rejection of the overwhelming scientific consensus on the gravest environmental threat facing our planet today.

The above excerpt was originally published in Portland Press Herald. Click here to view the full article.

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Michael Conathan

Director, Ocean Policy