"Before everyone gets excited about Pruitt, remember we're going to get all the same horrific policy under Andrew Wheeler, without any of the comic, attention-drawing personal corruption", Vox environment writer David Roberts tweeted after President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he had accepted Pruitt's resignation.
The senator was also a supporter of Pruitt, according to the Times, and Wheeler's rise demonstrates the growing influence of a group of former Inhofe staff members across the Trump administration and Washington including Ryan Jackson, who is now the EPA's chief of staff.
Frank Pallone Jr., who had demanded EPA head Scott Pruitt's resignation for months, welcomed the administrator's departure Thursday. Trump later told reporters, "Scott Pruitt did an outstanding job inside of the EPA". I have no doubt that Andy will continue on with our great and lasting EPA agenda.
"We have made tremendous progress and the future of the EPA is very bright!" he tweeted. If the Democrats take control of the Senate, Wheeler or another candidate with similar pro-industry views likely would not be able to win confirmation.
"Andrew is one of the most well-known, well-respected policy professionals in Washington on energy and environment-he knows everybody", Matthew Dempsey, a lobbyist who knows Wheeler from Inhofe's office, told the New York Times (paywall).
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Four police officers - one with a small set of ladders - watched him as he entertained the crowd and finally helped him down. I don't know how that was even possible but he had hold of my ribs. "I was so upset, I felt quite deflated".
Even without a blemish, Pruitt had a target on his back from the start because he threatened the liberal religion of environmentalism.
This says nothing good about Mr. Pruitt, who combines ravenous ambition with a faulty moral compass, or about the president, who still appears to value loyalty, whether based in sincerity or cynicism, over the public good.
"In many ways, Wheeler is the polar opposite [of Pruitt]", said Holmstead. Wheeler was confirmed as EPA's deputy administrator in April. And he came to me and he said I have such great confidence in the administration.
The duration of Wheeler's tenure at the EPA is uncertain. Fox News host Laura Ingraham, a prominent supporter of Trump, said in June that Pruitt is using "bad judgment" that is "hurting Trump", adding that he's "gotta go".
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Mink said she hopes her lunchtime interaction with Pruitt "empowers everyone who'd like to speak to their public officials - if you have something to say, say it".
Pruitt's transgressions, in the eyes of many, were overwhelming: His flew first-class and asked aides about securing a military jet, secured a sweetheart apartment rental deal from a lobbyist, and sought government officials to give his wife a job, among other allegations. Some of the ethics accusations involved jobs for Pruitt's wife.
In the past couple of months, almost 40,000 Care2 members signed a petition urging Trump to fire Pruitt - and honestly, who knows if Pruitt left on his own accord?
"It has become increasingly challenging for the EPA to carry out its mission with the administrator under investigation", said Barrasso, who is from Wyoming.
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