This week, the Senate will vote to confirm Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma Attorney General who has spent a sizeable chunk of his tenure as Attorney General organizing other states to sue the very agency he's slated to lead.
This is a problem for America, and Ohio.
The Environmental Protection Agency protects the water, air, rivers, lakes, streams, forests, prairies, mountains, and coastlines we all love. And equally as important, the EPA ensures that big polluters like the fossil fuel industry, big utilities, and their allies, do not abuse our lands and leave the little guy to pay the price either economically or with less secure public health.
Pruitt's place at the helm of the EPA threatens to take all the work we've done to develop this agency off course. He does not believe in science or climate change, and this fundamental lack of understanding is not a good foundation for continuing the work to preserve our clean water, clean air, and preserved lands in the United States.
Pruitt is in the clear minority of individuals who doubt climate science. Even within the academic community, 97% of climate scientists believe in man-made climate change, and man continuing to contribute to our current warming and climate change trends.
For the sake of the air we breathe, water we drink, and lands we love, I urge you all to call Senators Brown and Portman to voice your concern for this appointment and that Brown and Portman should unequivocally reject Scott Pruitt to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.
-Sam Gerard, campaign organizer with Environment Ohio