Pruitt Denies Using EPA as Stepping Stone to Higher Political Office


EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt scoffs at the idea among environmentalists and national media that he’s using the office for greater political motives—maybe a run for Governor in Oklahoma.

It’s what he made clear in a recent interview with The Oklahoman and a story published July 31.

“To think somehow that…I would go through a confirmation process which, by any measure, is pretty intense, serve five months and move to Washington, order to run for governor….I mean, who would do that?” he asked. “I mean, who would do that? For folks to think that, it’s just legendary. People, they don’t think through these things.”

But he also would not give an immediate indication that he planned to remain as EPA administrator.

“I’ll do it as long as the Lord calls me to and as long as the president wants me to do it,” he told the newspaper.

Pruitt discussed a number of other issues as well including some controversial decisions about a pesticide used in agriculture production, the debate over the climate and his decision to be friendlier with the oil and gas industry.