Warren: Trump's EPA pick the 'attorney general for Exxon'
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Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDem senators demand Trump explain ties to Koch brothers 'Fearless Girl' statue to be moved away from Wall Street bull Sanders, Warren, O’Rourke inspire patriotic small donor waves MORE (D-Mass.) blasted Scott Pruitt, President Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, from the Senate floor Thursday, arguing he prioritized corporations over his home state.
 
"A state's attorney general is supposed to serve the people," Warren said. "Instead of working as the attorney general of Oklahoma, Mr. Pruitt has served as the attorney general for Exxon." 
 
 
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Democrats are opposing Pruitt because of his views on climate change, lawsuits he launched against the agency as Oklahoma's attorney general and his financial ties to the industry he'll be tasked with regulating. 
 
Warren added that Pruitt is "big oil's go-to attorney general." 
 
"Those big polluters have their fantasy EPA nominee," she said. "He measures ... success by how happy his corporate donors are." 
 
Pruitt publicly defended Exxon after Democratic attorneys general questioned if the oil and gas company had undercut its own internal climate change research.
 
Democrats don't have the ability to block Pruitt on their own. Republicans have 52 seats in the Senate, and Cabinet picks only need a simple majority. 
 
Though GOP Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTrump aide: Mueller probe 'has gone well beyond' initial scope Trump attorney Cohen overshadows Mueller probe Collins: Comey should have waited to release his memoir MORE (Maine) will oppose Pruitt, Democratic Sens. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinPompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel Democrats mull audacious play to block Pompeo Heitkamp becomes first Dem to back Pompeo for secretary of State MORE (W.Va.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampPompeo lacks votes for positive vote on panel Overnight Defense: House to begin work on defense policy bill | Panel to vote Monday on Pompeo | Trump to deliver Naval Academy commencement speech | Trump appeals decision blocking suspected combatant's transfer The Hill's Morning Report: Inside the Comey memos MORE (N.D.) are expected to support him. 
 
Republicans have largely rallied around Pruitt's nomination. 
 
Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) hit back at Democratic criticism, calling some of the accusations "ludicrous." 
 
"He's a statesman. He's a dedicated public servant," the Oklahoma senator said. "Scott has fought for the states to be able to be in the driver's seat." 
 
Lankford also argued that Democrats are launching inaccurate attacks about Oklahoma, saying his state is being "ripped apart for political gain."