The liberal excitement over finally pushing Scott Pruitt out of the EPA lasted, oh, about five seconds before the tree-huggers came to the simple, crushing realization that their efforts were basically for naught. An article from NBC News the day after Pruitt turned in his resignation speaks to how confused Democrats must have been about what they were actually accomplishing.
Green groups cheered the resignation Thursday of Scott Pruitt, saying the Environmental Protection Agency administrator’s multiple ethical lapses and pro-polluter tilt made him unsuitable for the nation’s highest environmental post.
But the activists doubted that the departure, announced by President Trump via Twitter, would change the administration’s policies. The EPA will now be led by an interim chief, Andrew Wheeler, who was a coal industry lobbyist before he was confirmed as Pruitt’s deputy in April.
The network spoke to Ken Cook, head of the Environmental Working Group, who said, “Sadly, the ideological fervor with which Pruitt pursued the destruction of environmental regulations and the agency itself live on in the Trump administration.”
They also spoke to Rhea Suh of the Natural Resources Defense Council, who said, “If his successor also puts the interests of polluters ahead of protecting public health, he or she will encounter the same wall of resistance – and meet the same fate.”
So, this last remark really pulls the mask off what’s been happening with regards to Pruitt, does it not? Because, correct us if we’re wrong, but wasn’t Pruitt supposed to be uniquely terrible because of all his supposed “scandals?” And hey, we’re not saying he was a careful steward of the public trust, either. He seemed like your average swamp creature, there in Washington to take every perk that came his way without regards to taxpayer interests. But that’s a completely separate issue to his regulatory agenda – an agenda that comes from the White House and is fully in line with Republican goals. According to Suh, THAT’S the REAL problem with Scott Pruitt; the scandals and such were just an excuse to push him out.
Of course, we knew that from the beginning. Liberals hated Pruitt not because he ate lunch at the White House Mess Hall too often or because he spent too much money on security; since when have Democrats given a damn about wasting taxpayer money? No, they hated him because he wasn’t one of their precious climate change zealots, and they apparently thought that getting rid of him would pave the way for Trump to nominate Al Gore or Leonardo DiCaprio to take his place.
We’re guessing they’re going to be mighty disappointed when they realize that, no, that isn’t going to happen.