Fully 565 business leaders are urging the US Senate to deny confirmation of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency through a letter sent by Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2). The letter contended that Pruitt’s views on clean energy and climate change would hamper future renewable energy market growth and could affect more than 2.5 million workers in the clean power industry. The Senate’s vote is expected to come as early as next week.
“Pruitt is a bad deal for American business,” said E2 executive director Bob Keefe. “Senators should reject this nomination.”
The letter was signed by employers from across the country representing a wide swath of the US economy, including executives at Kaiser Permanente, Whirlpool, Alaska Airlines, the Army and Raymond James, among others. They praised the proactive EPA policies that are driving economic growth and creating jobs. Offering the example of the US auto-industry, which had record breaking sales during 2016 thanks to manufacturing more-efficient vehicles that produce less carbon emissions, as required by the EPA.
“As business leaders and investors who know that good environmental policies can also be good for business, and that climate change poses an undeniable threat to our economy, we ask that you reject Scott Pruitt’s nomination to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and instead insist that the agency be headed by a qualified individual who supports the mission and objectives for which it was founded,” the letter stated.
Pruitt’s views on climate change, clean energy and his history of suing the EPA to block clean air and water standards as Oklahoma’s Attorney General contradict the foundation and mission of the EPA, according to the letter. It argued that Pruitt is unfit for the position due to his lack of environmental accomplishments and that his denial of climate change jeopardizes the economic health of the clean energy industry, the well-being of citizens and it stifles the creation of innovative solutions to reduce pollution.
“In contrast to the economic benefits that clean energy and other resource efficiency technologies provide, the costs of climate change are undermining our economy across the board. Extreme weather events, drought and flooding, transport disruptions, and increased geopolitical instability all create unmanageable risks for businesses,” the letter said.Tweet