Reports: Trump to pick Okla. attorney general for EPA

Reports: Trump to pick Okla. attorney general for EPA
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a longtime foe of the Obama administration's environmental regulations, is President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpUPS, FedEx shut down calls to handle mail-in ballots, warn of 'significant' problems: report Controversial GOP Georgia candidate attempts to distance from QAnon Trump orders TikTok parent company to sell US assets within 90 days MORE’s pick to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to reports. 

Reuters, citing the transition team, reported Wednesday afternoon that Trump has decided to nominate Pruitt to the position. Earlier Wednesday, Politico reported that Pruitt was Trump’s top choice for the spot. 

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Transition officials have not responded to requests for comment from The Hill.

Pruitt is a noted opponent of the Obama administration’s EPA. 

He has sued Obama to challenge nearly all of his major environmental regulations, such as the landmark climate rule for power plants, as well as water rules and standards for ground-level ozone pollution, haze, methane and more.

If confirmed by the Senate, Pruitt would oversee what is likely to be a major deregulation effort at the EPA.

Trump promised on the campaign trail and elsewhere to repeal Obama’s entire executive climate change agenda, including the Clean Power Plan, which the president-elect plans to target in his first 100 days in office.

Trump also plans to repeal the Clean Water Rule, to roll back rules on fossil fuel production, review all existing regulations for potential repeal, put a moratorium on nearly all new regulations and require that two rules be repealed for every new rule enacted.

Pruitt was at Trump Tower in New York on Wednesday for a second meeting with the president-elect.