Scott Pruitt on EPA

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Aug 20 2017
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We are taking significant action to return power to the states and provide regulatory certainty to our nation's farmers and businesses. This is the first step in the two-step process to redefine 'waters of the U.S.' and we are committed to moving through this re-evaluation to quickly provide regulatory certainty, in a way that is thoughtful, transparent and collaborative with other agencies and the public.feedback

With respect to the proposed cuts on personnel, that is something that we plan to achieve through attrition, continuation of the hiring freeze and the initiation of buyouts. About 20 percent of the agency is eligible for retirement today. That's going to increase over the next several years.feedback

I believe we can fulfill the mission of our agency with a trimmed budget, with proper leadership and management. We recognize the importance of the Great Lakes. We recognize the importance to the citizens in that region, and we're going to work with Congress to ensure that those objectives are obtained.feedback

About 20 percent of the agency is eligible for retirement today, and that's going to increase over the next several years. That's how we're going to address the proposed cuts to personnel.feedback

This is not a message to anyone in the world that America should be apologetic of its CO2 position. We're actually making tremendous advances. We're just not going to agree to frameworks and agreements that put us at an economic disadvantage and hurt citizens across this country.feedback

When we joined Paris, the rest of the world applauded … because it put this country at disadvantage. It's a bad deal for this country. We're going to make sure as we make deals we're going to put the interests of America first. The focus in the last several weeks was centered on the merits and demerits of the Paris climate agreement. The president has indicated the climate is changing, it's always changing. I've indicated the same. Well, frankly, George, I think the whole question is an effort of trying to get it off the point.feedback

This president's deregulation agenda, particularly in the energy space, is making a substantial impact around the country. No. I think what's also being missed here is when you look at how we generate power in this country, we need fuel diversity.feedback

With this action, you have declared that the people are rulers of this country once again.feedback

The world applauded when we joined Paris, and you know why? I think they applauded because they knew it was going to put this country at an economic disadvantage. And the reason European leaders ... that I think they want us to stay in, is because they know it will continue to shackle our economy. The United States has a seat at the table. After all, we're the United States.feedback

The agreement will not guarantee or prejudge a particular outcome, but will provide Pebble a fair process for their permit application and help steer EPA away from costly and time-consuming litigation. We are committed to due process and the rule of law, and regulations that are 'regular'. We understand how much the community cares about this issue, with passionate advocates on all sides … We are committed to listening to all voices as this process unfolds.feedback

What happened was the folks that invited me sent out an invitation, post that approval, that didn't comply with federal law and federal ethics law, so we're not going to be able to attend because of the invitation.feedback

The reason I'm here is because it's important that we restore confidence to the people here in this community that we're going to get it right. They can have the confidence that their land, their health is going to be secure in the long-term.feedback

EPA is continuing to follow through with President Trump's Energy Independence Executive Order. American businesses should have the opportunity to review new requirements, assess economic impacts and report back, before those new requirements are finalized.feedback

The last eight years, we had to choose between jobs and the environment, those days are over, noting that President Donald Trump has sent a . We have a president now that says that's a false choice. We have better leadership now. It is something we need to exit, in my opinion. It was an America second or third or fourth kind of approach. China and India had no obligations under the agreement until 2030. We frontloaded [it].feedback

Look, Chris–what we have to keep in mind is that the EPA only possesses the authority that Congress gives it. And the EPA has tried twice to regulate CO₂. As much as we want to see progress on clean air and clean water, with an understanding that we can also grow jobs, we have to do so within the framework that Congress has passed. The tools have to be in the toolbox. The job of administrator is to carry out statutes as passed by this body. In response to the CO₂ issue, the EPA administrator is constrained by statutes.feedback

We've demonstrated through the steps we've taken already, the pre-1994 levels, because of that technology – we can burn coal in clean fashion.feedback

To demonstrate the leadership that we have shown on this issue with China and India and other nations is very important and discussions should ensue, but what Paris represents is a bad deal for this country. Human activities contribute to that change in some measure.feedback

The real question is how much are we contributing to that and measuring that with precision.feedback

That's something that we're going to have to talk about as we go forward.feedback

I think what comes next is a much more humble view of what the EPA's response to CO2 is within the Clean Air Act. We're going to focus on clear air, but we're going to do so in a way that's fair and equitable to all forms of energy in this country.feedback

There's a very fair question that needs to be asked and answered. Are the tools in the toolbox? Does the EPA actually have the tools in the toolbox to address this issue?feedback

We're not going to allow regulations here at the EPA to pick winners and losers.feedback

The President is keeping his promise to the American people this week with respect to the Executive Order coming down on Tuesday.feedback

You know, what was wrong with Paris was not just that it was, you know, failed to be treated as a treaty, but China and India, the largest producers of carbon dioxide internationally, got away scot-free. They didn't have to take steps until 2030. So we've penalised ourselves through lost jobs while China and India didn't take steps to address the issue internationally. So Paris was just a bad deal, in my estimation.feedback

I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do, and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.feedback

We can be pro-growth, pro-jobs and pro-environment.feedback

I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact. So no, I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see. But we don't know that yet, we need to continue to debate, continue the review and analysis. Decisions were made at the executive branch level that didn't respect the rule of law.feedback

Rules "very soon. There's going to be an announcement on that very soon, and I think what's concerning to me and I think concerning to the president is how that process occurred. I think that what has been broken in that process is, one, not a recognition of the great progress that's been made with those standards, but two, those in Detroit, those that are manufacturing autos in this country, expressed to the EPA that they wanted to evaluate the impact of the previous standards. And that was largely disregarded.feedback

This idea that if you're pro-environment you're anti-energy is just something we've got to change so that attitude is something we're working on very much.feedback

I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see. But we don't know that yet. We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis.feedback

So, no, I would not agree that (carbon dioxide) is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see. I do not believe climate change is a hoax.feedback

There are a lot of changes that need to take place at my agency to restore the rule of law and federalism.feedback

Superfund is an area that is absolutely essential. The brownfields program, as well. It's a tremendous success. I want to hear from you about those successes. I want to be able to share those with the White House. ... We need stories. We need illustrations about how important the brownfields program is to creating jobs and the environmental benefits that have been achieved. We know when it goes wrong, it goes wrong badly.feedback

By taking this step, EPA is signaling that we take these concerns seriously and are committed to strengthening our partnership with the states.feedback

In this budget discussion that is ongoing with Congress that is just starting, there are some concerns about some of these grant programs that EPA has been a part of historically. I want you to know that with the White House and also with Congress, I am communicating a message that the brownfields programme, the Superfund programme and the water infrastructure grants and state revolving funds are essential to protect.feedback

We are committed to strengthening our partnership with the states. Today's action will reduce burdens on businesses while we take a closer look at the need for additional information from this industry.feedback

I use only my official OAG [office of the attorney general] email address and government-issued phone to conduct official business.feedback

I think its justified. I think people across this country look at the EPA much like they look at the IRS. I hope to be able to change that.feedback

By extending this comment period, we are demonstrating that we are listening to miners, owners and operators all across America and to all parties interested in this important rule.feedback

I do not believe climate change is a hoax. Science tells us that the climate is changing, and that human activity, in some manner, impacts that change.feedback

Environmental regulations should not occur in an economic vacuum. We can simultaneously pursue the mutual goals of environmental protection and economic growth.feedback

Regulation through litigation is wrong in my view. That was not a decision my office made. It was a case we inherited.feedback

I am deeply grateful and honored to serve as President-elect Trump's EPA Administrator. The American people are tired of seeing billions of dollars drained from our economy due to unnecessary EPA regulations, and I intend to run this agency in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the environment and freedom for American businesses.feedback

Respect for private property rights have allowed our nation to thrive, but with the recently finalized rule, farmers, ranchers, developers, industry and individual property owners will now be subject to the unpredictable, unsound, and often byzantine regulatory regime of the EPA.feedback

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