Andrew Wheeler, the man replacing scandal-struck Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), may not be much better than his predecessor, according to green groups that have dubbed Pruitt the agency’s worst-ever chief.
Pruitt, who faced 14 investigations into his ethics and practices while EPA administrator, resigned Thursday. Among the scandals during his tenure was an accusation that he used his political position to secure his wife a six-figure job.
After heaping praise on Pruitt, President Donald Trump announced that Wheeler, the EPA’s deputy administrator since April, would succeed him.
And the reason that promotion is raising eyebrows? Wheeler is a former energy industry lobbyist who worked on behalf of Murray Energy, owned by Robert Murray, a Trump supporter who donated $300,000 to the president’s inauguration.