February 27, 2018

SCOTT PRUIT: THE WEAPONIZATION OF THE EPA IS OVER.

But the key to me is that weaponization of the agency that took place in the Obama administration, where the agency was used to pick winners and losers. Those days are over.

You know, to be in Pennsylvania as I was early in my term, shortly after the CPAC speech last year, and to spend time with miners in Pennsylvania and be able to share with them underground. I was a thousand feet underground and 3 miles in. First time that an administrator in history had done that, and I talked to those long wall miners in Pennsylvania, and delivered the message from the president that the war on coal is over. That was a tremendous message for them, emotion that I saw on their faces.

Can you imagine, in the first instance, an agency of the federal government, a department of the U.S. government, declaring war on a sector of your economy? Where is that in the statute? Where does that authority exist? It doesn’t. And so to restore process and restore commitment to doing things the right way, I think we’ve seen tremendous success this past year.

That the San Francisco Chronicle didn’t jump at the fromt page headline story that then-candidate Obama handed them when he vowed the bankrupt the coal industry before their editors in January of 2008 was one of the great “dog that didn’t bark” moments for the DNC-MSM.

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