WASHINGTON D.C. (December 7, 2016)— According to numerous media reports, President-elect Trump will appoint Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Pruitt has been an outspoken critic of rules that protect water and air and has led efforts to prevent EPA from reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.

Following is a statement by Sam Adams, Director, WRI US:

“The selection of Attorney General Pruitt, who has consistently questioned climate science and actively fought EPA’s ability to reduce emissions, raises deeply troubling questions. The critical issue is whether EPA will continue to play its vital role in protecting people’s health and safety in communities across the country.

“Among its many important functions, EPA has a strong track record of protecting the health and welfare of families across America, including providing clean air and water, and reducing emissions that drive climate change. The economic benefits of environmental protection are well-established and the U.S. should continue the momentum toward a strong, clean energy future, not turn back to polluting energy sources.

“Americans depend on EPA to promote human health and protect families and future generations. Its ability to protect air, water, and the climate for all people must continue.”