“I believe that we as a nation can be both pro-energy and jobs, and pro-environment. We don’t have to choose between the two,” he said in his first speech to EPA workers since he was confirmed as administrator by the U.S. Senate last week. “I think our nation has done better than any nation in the world at making sure that we do the job of protecting our natural resources, and protecting our environment, while also respecting economic growth,” he told the room of about 70 staff at EPA headquarters in Washington.
In his address to staff, Pruitt invoked the founding fathers Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton to urge compromise. …Pruitt said he would lead the agency based on the principle of finding solutions and working toward solving problems. “As we do our work here, we deal with very difficult monumental issues with respect to our future environment and natural resources. We must have the same kind of attitude of finding solutions and solving problems.”
The Trump administration’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief outlined a vision for the agency that places an added focus on economic and job growth.
New Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt wants to make the agency a place where “federalism matters” and states are not seen as adversaries, he said Tuesday.