After months spent staggering beneath the weight of roughly a dozen official ethics probes, mounting bipartisan criticism and one used mattress, Scott Pruitt made a decision to lay down his mantle as chief of the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday. Pruitt had become the focus of multiple investigations, including lavish spending, excessive security, questionable personal behaviour and allegedly using his influence to help his wife find work.
It was not immediately clear how Pruitt's resignation might affect those ongoing probes.
While Pruitt was a Washington novice, Wheeler is a consummate inside-the-beltway lobbyist who has served many companies that are subject - and sometimes resistant - to EPA regulation. Trump writes on Twitter, "Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job". Trump says Pruitt is "a terrific guy".
In a statement, Friends of the Earth argued that fossil fuel industry insiders like Wheeler "have no business leading the EPA" and vowed to hold him accountable "for his efforts to harm our public health and environment" during his time as acting EPA chief.
That'll do, Scott Pruitt. "He made swamp creatures blush with his shameless excesses". "Shame", Democratic US Representative Gerry Connolly said.
The attacks Pruitt is responding to include calls to investigate his administration for various ethics violations and unprecedented taxpayer spending for office furniture and other unneeded items.
Mr. Pruitt was very qualified and worked diligently to protect our environment, while concomitantly providing regulatory certainty for our Nation's economy.
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Throng of volunteers gather to rescue Thai boys trapped in cave However, cave rescue specialists have cautioned against that approach except as a last resort, because of the dangers it poses. He said engineers from his Boring Co and SpaceX companies needed to be on site to appreciate the complexities of evacuation.
Brandon Hurlbut, former chief of staff at the Department of Energy, said the ethics complaints are one thing that is likely to change with Wheeler. He worked in the EPA under former President George H.W. Bush, spent years as a senior aide in the Senate working to defeat climate-related legislation and most recently was a lobbyist with many clients in the coal industry. "But let's not forget he was carrying out President Trump's policies".
"We urge him to immediately commit to undoing the massive damage to EPA's work done under Pruitt's leadership".
His job had been in jeopardy since it emerged he had leased a property previous year that was co-owned by the wife of a veteran fossil fuels lobbyist, whose firm had sought regulatory rollbacks from the EPA. Among the scandals engulfing his tenure is an accusation that he used his political position to secure his wife a six-figure salary job. "I love, she loves, we love Chick-fil-A as a franchise of faith and it's one of the best in the country", Pruitt explained in an interview.
During congressional testimony in April, Pruitt was unapologetic for the controversies, often blaming his staff for any agency missteps.
In the end, it wasn't "religious sterility", that brought him down.
Pruitt was also known for questioning the human role in global climate change. As Oklahoma's former attorney general, he waged a legal fight against the environmental rules implemented by the agency he eventually would head.
But at the same time, Pruitt was one of the most effective implementers of the President's agenda.
Despite President Trump's promises that he defends the Renewable Fuel Standard, Pruitt acted repeatedly to undercut the biofuel law.
Police say the uninjured truck driver was initially detained but later released and provided with mental health assistance. In the days following the crash, a GoFundMe page raised over $16.5 million for the families affected by the tragedy.
Jordan, which has recorded some 650,000 Syrian refugees to the United Nations on its soil, says it can no longer accept more. In a statement Monday, the civilian half of the opposition's delegation said they had withdrawn from talks .
As more heavy rains are expected throughout the next few days, many have been trying to get creative with ways of helping. A spokesperson for Musk also said SpaceX representatives are in talks with the Thai government, according to Express UK .
Like the situation with the boys in Thailand , getting them out was an worldwide effort and captivated the world until the end. About 1000 people are involved in the rescue operations, including navy divers, military personnel and civilian volunteers.
Life ... works in mysterious ways. "Competent, hard working and a believer in making America great again!" President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of NY , U.S., November 21, 2016.
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We Happy Few is the latest video game project to butt heads with Australia's notoriously stringent rating process. Compulsion Games was prepared to refund Australian players if they were unable to successfully appeal the ruling.
Parker is the third player in National Basketball Association history to play at least 17 seasons with one team before leaving. After 17 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs , Tony Parker has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Charlotte Hornets .
In January 2018, UMC and Jinhua filed patent infringement suits in Fujian Province, China against Micron's China subsidiaries. UMC filed the lawsuit at the beginning of year, accusing Micron of violating its patents rights in mainland China.
Production on Episode IX will begin at the end of July with more cast announcements likely to be revealed before filming starts. As well as the lead role in FX's acclaimed show The Americans , Russell also appeared in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes .
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Belgium - World Cup - 7 July 2018
Brazil beat Mexico 2-0 in the last 16 of the World Cup and put on their best performance at the tournament so far . Notable: Dating to 1998, Brazil's last six World Cup losses have all come against European opposition.
Marcus Smart reportedly frustrated with the Celtics
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Apple Music is now "a hair ahead" of Spotify in the US
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Shots fired: U.S.-China trade war begins
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Islamic State leader's son killed in Syria fighting
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