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Senate prepares to vote on Wheeler nomination

Fossil fuel crony and Pruitt heir-apparent has no place at the EPA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate is expected to consider the nomination of Andrew Wheeler for the post of Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. A long-time fossil fuel lobbyist with a record of climate denial, Wheeler is a likely successor if Scott Pruitt is fired or resigns.

Lukas Ross, Climate and Energy Campaigner at Friends of the Earth, issued the following statement:

Andrew Wheeler is Big Oil’s backup plan in case Scott Pruitt’s corruption finally finishes him. Wheeler would continue the Trump-Pruitt agenda of fossil fuel worship and corporate favoritism. As Scott Pruitt stumbles from scandal to scandal, there is nothing more dangerous than a dirty energy lobbyist waiting in the wings to become acting Administrator. The Senate must reject Andrew Wheeler.

Expert contact: Lukas Ross, (202) 222-0724, lross@foe.org
Communications contact: Erin Jensen, (202) 222-0722, ejensen@foe.org

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