EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt testifies before a Senate Appropriations Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the proposed budget estimates and justification for FY2019 for the Environmental Protection Agency on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 16, 2018.
South Dakota corn growers are holding a tractor rally tomorrow to put pressure on Administrator Pruitt to grant relief from the Reid Vapor Pressure Rule and allow E15 sales. Instead, the administrator said he saw messages imploring him to support ethanol over big oil refineries. The individuals said he enlisted Samantha Dravis, then serving as associate administrator for the EPA's Office of Policy, to line up work for his wife.
Ingraham's call for Pruitt to be replaced as EPA chief also marked one of the first times a key member of the conservative press has broken publicly from supporting him, even amid the scandals surrounding him.
"As I came to South Dakota, there were a few billboards greeting me, and they didn't say 'I hope you're having fun, '" Pruitt said.
He suggested it may be time for Pruitt go.
Shaub, who headed the ethics office under President Barack Obama, said there was nothing partisan about his criticism of Pruitt. He said now the farmers are just waiting for him to follow through. Pruitt has been the EPA Administrator since February 2017.
Ingraham, who also has a weeknight television show on Fox News Channel, wrote on Twitter earlier Wednesday, "PRUITT BAD JUDGMENT HURTING @POTUS".
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Trump has continued to vouch for Pruitt and said last week that Pruitt "is doing a great job within the walls of the EPA".
EPA, he said, should have "done its own homework", and the agency is now evaluating how the process was conducted.
But, the ethanol industry has seen other perceived attacks, including hardship waivers under the Renewable Fuel Standard account for an estimated demand loss of 1.56 billion gallons, according to the Renewable Fuels Association.
"A spike? That's more than a spike".
Inhofe, in the interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, expressed regret about his disappointment with Pruitt, whom he called a "good friend".
Virginia Canter of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a public watchdog in Washington, told the Post that Pruitt using a full-time EPA employee as a "headhunter for his spouse" is "highly inappropriate". "I'm sending a communication over today that we've had enough of these things and you need to get down and do the job we're elected to do".