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Scott Pruitt Is a Historically Bad EPA Chief. But This One Might Have Been Even Worse.

Scott Pruitt isn’t the first EPA administrator famously hostile to the agency. That distinction goes to Anne Gorsuch. Appointed by President Ronald Reagan, the agency’s first female head was known for her jet-black hair, fur coats, proclivity for Marlboro cigarettes—and coziness with polluters. Just weeks after taking the post on May 20, 1981, Gorsuch relaxed […]

Shhh! The back story of EPA chief Scott Pruitt's highly secret, on-and-off, official non-visit to Israel

At the start of every month, the Israeli Foreign Ministry sends journalists a list of scheduled official visits. On Jan. 1, the name of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt appeared. He was expected from Jan. 26-28. Those dates came and went, with no Pruitt and no explanation...

EPA head expenses nearly $200,000 in travel over 6 months

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt and staffers billed taxpayers nearly $200,000 for his trips over six months last year, according to travel vouchers obtained by an environmental organization.

Scott Pruitt's Flying First-Class Was Avoidable, But Not a Scandal

EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s decision to fly first- or business-class is hardly a scandal. According to a Politico report, it turns out the decision was his security team’s — not his — and was taken after “he was approached in the...Show More Summary

Scott Pruitt Offers a Laughable Explanation For Why He's Flying First Class on Taxpayers' Dime

Does he expect us to feel sorry for him? EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has been secretive about his schedule and the travel bills he’s been racking up at great taxpayer expense. From Politico: PA on Wednesday retracted its claim that...Show More Summary

EPA Says Scott Pruitt Flies First Class Because Angry People Yell At Him Too Much

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt frequently flies in first and business class because he’s regularly confronted by angry members of the public during his travels, according to a report in Politico on Thursd...

Don’t let Scott Pruitt’s first class travel distract you from an even bigger scandal

It has been a rough week for Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt. On Sunday, the Washington Post reported that Pruitt spent at least $90,000 on first class and business class plane tickets while traveling for official government work last June. On Tuesday, Pruitt boarded a flight from D.C. to Boston — and publicly […]

EPA Head Can't Fly Coach Because the Passengers Are Mean

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt says he flies first class on airplanes due to past interactions that have "not been the best." In an interview with WMUR in New Hampshire Tuesday, Pruitt said he flies first class for security purposes stemming from past negative travel experiences. Show More Summary

Scott Pruitt’s Faulty Logic

An earlier blog post pointed to a logical gap in the current EPA’s justification for repealing the Clean Power Plan (CPP), the Obama Administration effort to cut emissions from electrical power plants. He makes an argument that EPA can only base rules on actions that polluters can take within a facility, and jumps from there […]

EPA Head Scott Pruitt Defends First-Class Travel, Citing Security Concerns

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt defended his use of first-class and business-class travel on Tuesday, saying a “toxic” political environment has created security risks that mandate his frequent use of premium cabins.

Pruitt Justifies His First Class Air Travel

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt “has broken months of silence about his frequent premium-class flights at taxpayer expense, saying he needs to fly first class because of unpleasant interactions with other travelers,” the AP reports. Said Pruitt: “We live in a [...]

The EPA doesn’t have enough money to keep investigating Pruitt’s scandals

The watchdog office charged with investigating EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s potentially improper use of taxpayer funds for travel won’t expand its ongoing probe beyond travel conducted in 2017, citing constraints on its staffing, budget, and time. Therefore, while a trip that cost taxpayers more than $7,000 in June of 2017 would qualify as part of […]

EPA Boss Scott Pruitt, Man Of Wealth And Taste, Just Can’t Get Enough Of First-Class Air Travel

We'd call this administration a bunch of vultures, but vultures fill an important ecological niche.

EPA Administrator Pruitt’s Emirates adventure called into question

Why fly Emirates? For EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that question presents a significant issue given the requirements of the "Fly America Act." Yet that's what he did. And there's probably a good reason for it. The post EPA Administrator...Show More Summary

Pruitt tries to explain his taxpayer-financed first-class flights

There's a common thread that connect several of the controversies surrounding EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt; anxiety about critics of his work.

This Scientist Stands Between Scott Pruitt and the Destruction of the EPA’s Advisory Boards

On January 26, after serving as a scientific advisor to the Environmental Protection Agency for about two years, Robyn Wilson received her first note from EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt thanking her for her service—which was officially over. She had one year left in her term. This message from Pruitt came after months of turmoil, starting in October of last […]

Trump Snuck These Anti-Environment Measures Into His Infrastructure Plan

The fact that EPA administrator Scott Pruitt sat several seats to the right of President Trump during his announcement of a $200 billion infrastructure plan on Monday was one clue that it was actually jam-packed with policies taking aim at environmental regulations. Show More Summary

Trump’s EPA Administrator: Flying Coach Would Risk My Life

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt flies Delta even when the government has a contract fare with another airline and flies first class due to ‘exceptional security circumstances’. His government travel forms claim coach would be unsafe for him. Show More Summary

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's First Class Habit Costing Taxpayers Thousands

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Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, regularly flies first or business class, often costing American taxpayers thousands of dollars more than equivalent seats in coach, The Washington Post reported on Sunday.

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