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Greens push senators to reject Trump’s EPA pick

Greens push senators to reject Trump’s EPA pick
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An environmental group is launching an advertising campaign to pressure senators to vote against President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRomney: 'Pretty sure' Trump would win 2024 GOP nomination if he ran for president Pence huddles with senior members of Republican Study Committee Trump says 'no doubt' Tiger Woods will be back after accident MORE’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

With a digital ad campaign worth at least $10,000, the Sierra Club is hoping to sway enough senators to keep Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general, from receiving the 51 votes he needs for confirmation.

The group is dubbing Pruitt “Polluting Pruitt,” emphasizing his skepticism of climate change science, his close work with oil and natural gas companies and his record of suing the EPA multiple times to try to block President Obama’s environmental agenda.

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“Scott Pruitt’s record isn’t pretty,” Melinda Pierce, the Sierra Club’s legislative director, said in a statement.

“A self-proclaimed ‘leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda,’ he is unfit to head the Environmental Protection Agency, an agency charged with protecting all Americans from threats to their water, air, and health.”

The ads will run for a week in the home states of 10 senators the group is targeting, urging the public to press their lawmakers to oppose Pruitt.

The targets include some senators who are facing potentially tough reelection battles in the 2018 campaign cycle, like Sens. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerOn The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Lobbying World Democrats spend big to put Senate in play MORE (R-Nev.), Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeTanden's path to confirmation looks increasingly untenable On The Money: What's next for Neera Tanden's nomination Manchin to oppose Biden's pick of Neera Tanden MORE (R-Ariz.), Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinHoyer: House will vote on COVID-19 relief bill Friday Haaland courts moderates during tense Senate confirmation hearing Democrats in standoff over minimum wage MORE (D-W.Va.) Joe DonnellyJoseph (Joe) Simon DonnellyEverybody wants Joe Manchin Centrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives Biden and Schumer face battles with left if Democrats win big MORE (D-Ind.) and Heidi HeitkampMary (Heidi) Kathryn HeitkampCentrist Democrats pose major problem for progressives Harrison seen as front-runner to take over DNC at crucial moment Biden to tap Vilsack for Agriculture secretary: reports MORE (D-N.D.).

Other targeted senators have shown moderate positions on environmental policies in the past: Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamProgressive support builds for expanding lower courts McConnell backs Garland for attorney general Senate GOP campaign chief talks strategy with Trump MORE (R-S.C.), Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMicrosoft, FireEye push for breach reporting rules after SolarWinds hack On The Money: Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill | Collins rules out GOP support for Biden relief plan | Powell fights inflation fears Schumer urges Democrats to stick together on .9T bill MORE (R-Maine), Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderCongress addressed surprise medical bills, but the issue is not resolved Trump renominates Judy Shelton in last-ditch bid to reshape Fed Senate swears-in six new lawmakers as 117th Congress convenes MORE (R-Tenn.) Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanKoch-backed group launches ads urging lawmakers to reject COVID-19 relief bill White House stands behind Tanden as opposition mounts The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Tanden's odds plummet to lead OMB MORE (R-Ohio) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.).

The GOP will have 52 seats in the next Senate. Democrats — and the Independents who caucus with them — will need three Republican votes in addition to their own to block Pruitt or Trump's other executive nominees.