Scott Pruitt, the head of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a governmental bureau tasked with promoting a clean environment, as its name suggests, has found himself boiling in hot water recently due to accepting funding that has unarguably been considered illegal by all means under United States law.
Despite such controversy swirling around Scott Pruitt’s position at the EPA, Andrew Wheeler – someone that’s not under any controversial allegations, and has had absolutely zero ties to Pruitt – has been named deputy administrator of the EPA, a position that is effectively second-in-command, right behind Pruitt himself. Some experts are fully aware of the fact that the new deputy administrator, Andrew Wheeler, could become full-fledged, top-dog administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, despite the fact he has never served a single day atop the government bureau’s ranks.
Congress confirmed Wheeler, a former popular coal lobbyist, just yesterday, on Thursday, April 13, 2018. Andrew Wheeler is currently a principal partner – meaning he partially owns the company and is of the highest ranks of administration – at Faegre Baker Daniels, a consulting firm that also acts as a lobbying group, the latter responsibility of which is the firm’s central focus.
Murray Energy was one of many businesses that worked with Mr. Andrew Wheeler and Faegre Baker Daniels to funnel money through to make its greenbacked way to the hands of a majority of politicians in both the House of Republicans and the Senate. Murray Energy, according to its official website, is the most prominent and sizable coal mining group in all of the United States of America.
Per a press release by none other than Wheeler’s new employer – the United States Environmental Protection Agency – Wheeler formerly worked at the Office of Pollution Prevention, a bureau within the federal bureaucratic agency during both Bush 41’s and Bill Clinton’s administrations. He also served the agency as a staffer for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee – a group of federal Senators responsible for issues related to the environment and the government’s interaction with them – as well as general counsel, another title for a lawyer providing advice to someone or a business entity, for Oklahoma’s Republican Senator James Inhofe.
Inhofe once authored a full-length book titled The Greatest Hoax. What was that hoax, exactly? Global warming, a phenomenon scientists around the globe have proven to be true.
Who knows if Wheeler agrees with those views? Hopefully, he doesn’t, at least for the sake of humanity’s future generations.