While Pruitt arrived in Washington as part of President Trump's promised wave of outsiders hoping to shake up the Capital, Wheeler has spent years navigating the intricacies of environmental policy.
He has denied wrongdoing in the face of multiple congressional and oversight inquiries. Edward Markey, D-Mass. By elevating Wheeler to replace Pruitt, he said, "the EPA is only trading one fossil fuel friend for another". "I applaud President Trump for placing him in this position". Wheeler is a career consultant, energy lobbyist and political aid. Andrew Wheeler, the No. 2 official at EPA, will now take over the agency. The people he worked with "respect him, and I think that will help move the agenda forward and make sure the accomplishments are long lasting".
"We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!" he tweeted.
Wheeler, 53, could serve more than a year in an acting role.
Wheeler is so close to the decision-makers in Congress that he actually raised money for two of the senators who went on to confirm his appointment. James Inhofe (R-OK), including as chief counsel for the senator on the Senate Environment and Public Works committee.
"We call on the next administrator to faithfully carry out the mandates of the Clean Air Act and work toward an effective plan to curb climate change".
In several ways, Wheeler is a more daunting adversary. As Oklahoma's former attorney general, he waged a legal fight against the environmental rules implemented by the agency he eventually would head.
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That could mean Uruguay sit back even more than usual and try to contain France , hoping to catch them on the counter attack. Their mindset is that "our structure, our collective mentality, our belief" can see us through any occasion.
Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, said the EPA will continue to put the health of American families in jeopardy under Wheeler's leadership. Wheeler was first rumored to be chosen for the EPA in March 2017. "Andrew worked for me for 14 years, has an impeccable reputation and has the experience to be a strong leader at the EPA", Inhofe said. While there, one of his main clients was Murray Energy, the largest privately-held coal mining company in the U.S. He accompanied Murray CEO Bob Murray during a series of closed-door meetings to lobby the Trump administration to kill environmental regulations affecting coal mines.
Trump signaled Thursday afternoon that it wasn't Pruitt's anti-environment views that led to his demise.
Pruitt is out at the EPA. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, were the only Democrats to support Wheeler.
"We have in Andrew Wheeler someone who has made a career out of trying to block everything we've done to try to protect our children from the growing dangers of climate change - a person who has made a career out of trying to push back against common sense safeguards to protect the air we breathe from risky chemicals like mercury, arsenic and others", says Bob Deans of the Natural Resources Defense Council.
Despite the laundry list of ethics complaints putting him on thin ice, Pruitt was invited to and appeared at the White House on Wednesday for Trump's Independence Day celebration, where he and other cabinet members received a shout-out from the president.