PRESS RELEASE: Heartland Institute President’s Statement on Andrew Wheeler Taking Helm at EPA

Published July 6, 2018

Scott Pruitt resigned as Environmental Protection Agency Administrator on Thursday and today was his last day in the position. Andrew Wheeler, the current deputy administrator, takes over as “acting administrator” on Monday, July 9.

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“With his resume of commitment to the cause of common sense policymaking, Andrew Wheeler is an excellent choice to run the EPA, and we are excited to work with him.

“Just like the extremist Left had it out for Scott Pruitt before he was even sworn in, they have targeted Wheeler as well. However, we doubt these personal attacks will deter Wheeler from his noble goal to focus the EPA on its core mission of helping to keep America’s air, land, and water clean of pollution. Wheeler has also pledged to bring more certainty to environmental permitting, encourage the practice of agency transparency and consistent and frequent public communication, and to quickly solve environmental problems.

“We wish Mr. Wheeler luck, because his success at the head of the EPA will be good news for all Americans who care about the environment, sound science, and economic growth, especially President Donald Trump.”

Tim Huelskamp, Ph.D.
The Heartland Institute
[email protected]

Dr. Huelskamp represented Kansas’ 1st District in the House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017.

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