When President Trump first nominated Environmental Protection Agency critic Scott Pruitt to run the EPA, it was obvious that the new sheriff in town was going to radically change America’s handling of environmental issues and it’s message on how to be green to the rest of the world.
Next week, Pruitt is attending the United Nations General Assembly, and considering what he’s already saying about other country’s “green” policies, his tone is not going to be a welcome one to leftist leaders.
Speaking to the Washington Examiner, Pruitt said, "You know, our [carbon dioxide] footprint dropped by over 18 percent from 2000 to 2014. How? Because of government mandate? No, because of innovation called hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.”
Then he went after German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who shut down most of the nuclear reactors in her country after the 2011 Japanese nuclear reactor disaster despite her country’s reliance on nuclear power as an emissions-free source of electricity. Germany now relies on 43% of its power coming from coal power plants. A big chunk of the rest of their power is purchased from other countries, making German customers pay almost twice for their electricity as customers in nuclear-friendly France, according to the World Nuclear Association.
Pruitt fired at Merkel, saying, "If Chancellor Merkel ... really cares about reducing CO2 in this world, why is she going away from nuclear? It's so hypocritical for countries to look at the United States and say, 'You need to do more.' Really? So, we've reduced our pollutants under the Clean Air Act [criteria pollutants and CO2]."
"The environmental Left has truly created this mindset that somehow environmental protection is ‘do not touch,’” Pruit said. “Really? When we are called to feed the world, really? When we are called to power the world. When we do it better than anyone in the world already.”
Earlier, Pruitt also went after Obama’s environmental record during the Examiner.
"Everyone looks at the Obama administration as being the environmental savior. Really? He was the environmental savior? He's the gold standard, right? Well, he left us with more Superfund sites than when he came in. He had Gold King [the 2015 mine wastewater spill] and Flint, Michigan [drinking water crisis]. He tried to regulate CO2 twice and flunked twice. Struck out. So what's so great about that record? I don't know," Pruitt said.
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