DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE CONDEMNS EPA NOMINATION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 7, 2016

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Jennifer Witherspoon: Defenders of Wildlife, (202) 772-0269, jwitherspoon@defenders.org

DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE CONDEMNS EPA NOMINATION

WASHINGTON (December 7, 2016) – President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of Oklahoma who has led legal opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) climate policies, as the new administrator of the agency.

The following is a statement from CEO and President of Defenders of Wildlife, Jamie Rappaport Clark:

“Scott Pruitt is the absolute wrong choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Climate change is an undeniable and growing threat to our nation. We need a leader for EPA who fully appreciates the gravity of the menace that climate change poses for our nation’s public health, our wildlife and our environment, and is prepared to use the full force of our nation’s strong environmental laws to curb that threat. Mr. Pruitt is plainly not that person.”

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