Top liberal group: Pruitt's resignation a win for anyone who cares about the environment

Top liberal group: Pruitt's resignation a win for anyone who cares about the environment
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The progressive group Credo Action on Thursday celebrated news of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt's resignation, saying his departure was a "victory for everyone who cares about the environment."

"This is a victory for everyone who cares about the environment, public health and stopping public corruption," CREDO Campaign Manager Brandy Doyle said in a statement.

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Doyle added that Pruitt, whom she described as a "corrupt, fossil fuel industry hack," should have never headed the EPA in the first place, arguing the only reason he remained in the position amid months of controversies was because of his loyalty to President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE.

"We have no doubt that Trump will appoint another fossil fuel industry stooge as Pruitt's replacement," Doyle continued, while casting doubt on Deputy EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler's ability to uphold the agency's mission leading the EPA in the interim.

CREDO Action's statement came just moments after Trump announced Thursday that Pruitt had resigned. The EPA chief's decision came amid a series of damaging scandals over his spending and management at the agency.

Pruitt's decision to resign came as several investigations — including from the EPA’s Office of Inspector General, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee — focused on his controversies. 

His decision to resign was met with applause from several Democratic lawmakers. Rep. Gerry ConnollyGerald (Gerry) Edward ConnollyTrump confirms Rick Perry to step down as Energy secretary Overnight Energy: Perry to step down as Energy secretary | Future of big-game hunting council up in the air | Dems lose vote against EPA power plant rule Democrats want Mulvaney to testify in Trump impeachment probe MORE (D-Va.) said his reign was finally over and that the former EPA chief made "swamp creatures blush." Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren raised more money from Big Tech employees than other 2020 Democrats: Report Krystal Ball reacts to Ocasio-Cortez endorsing Sanders: 'Class power over girl power' Saagar Enjeti praises Yang for bringing threat of automation to forefront at Ohio debate MORE (I-Vt.) called Pruitt the worst EPA administrator in the history of the agency.