EPA chief jabs California’s environment push

EPA chief jabs California’s environment push
© Greg Nash

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt ripped California Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) “political agenda” on the environment, following the state's push for greener policies.

“Is it federalism to impose your policy on other states? It seems to me that Brown is being the aggressor here,” Pruitt told The New York Times. “But we expect the law will show this. ... That’s not federalism — that’s a political agenda hiding behind federalism.”

Brown said in Tuesday’s interview that he envisions California as a model to other states on fighting climate change.


“I want to do everything we can to keep America on track, keep the world on track, and lead in all the ways that California has,” he said. "We’re looking to do everything we can to advance our program, regardless of what happens in Washington.”

Brown added that the Trump administration’s executive order to dismantle the Clean Power Plan was a “colossal mistake and defies science.”

“Erasing climate change may take place in Donald Trump’s mind, but nowhere else,” he said.

Californian lawmakers, including Brown, have been highly critical of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi arrives in Jordan with bipartisan congressional delegation Trump says his Doral resort will no longer host G-7 after backlash CNN's Anderson Cooper mocks WH press secretary over Fox News interview MORE's push to roll back Obama-era regulations on the environment.

Trump in March signed an executive order to start unraveling former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaEven with likely Trump impeachment, Democrats face uphill climb to win presidency Clinton suggests Russia grooming Gabbard to run as third-party 2020 candidate The Hill's 12:30 Report: Washington mourns loss of Elijah Cummings MORE’s Clean Power Plan. The plan would have closed hundreds of coal-fired power plants, frozen construction on new plants and replaced them with solar and wind farms.

Obama pledged that the U.S. would cut its emissions by about 26 percent from 2005 levels by 2025, with implementing the plan a part of that effort.