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Coalition Letter Defending EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt

April 11, 2018

The Heartland Institute has written a letter to President Donald Trump, urging him to defend EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt against orchestrated attacks by his political enemies.

April 11, 2018


The Honorable Donald Trump
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500


Dear Mr. President:

We thank you for your principled leadership on the America First Energy Plan which has unleashed our economy and put the United States back on a path of energy dominance in the world. You have withdrawn from the job-killing Paris Climate accord and directed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt to repeal harmful and unnecessary environmental regulations. Coupled with tax cuts, these actions have spurred the bold economic growth and job creation that will be a main pillar of your legacy.

Pruitt has also reversed the illegal Clean Power Plan, ended “secret science” and “sue and settle” at EPA, and canceled unworkable CAFE standards that produce vehicles the public doesn’t want and science doesn’t demand. This is a positive record of reform unmatched by any of Pruitt’s predecessors – and indeed, it is a vital correction after decades of overreach and abuse of power by the EPA.

Precisely because of Pruitt’s record of leadership, radical environmentalists and the biased media are trying to force him out of office. This is yet another example of selective outrage by those you defeated in your election. While Pruitt is accused of conflicts of interest, the real conflicts at the EPA involved scientific advisors to the agency who were simultaneously receiving EPA grant money – another crooked tactic Pruitt has corrected. This whole ordeal is nothing more than an orchestrated political campaign by your enemies to undermine the deregulatory progress and economic growth your administration has fostered.

We urge you to stand strong and defend your EPA Administrator Pruitt against these attacks. You know better than anyone that if the Swamp wins, Americans lose. We thank you for your consideration of our views, which are shared by millions of Americans who admire your leadership and count on you to stand up for their interests and your appointments.

Sincerely,

Dr. Tim Huelskamp
President and CEO
The Heartland Institute

Saulius “Saul” Anuzis
President
60 Plus Association

Fred Birnbaum
Vice President
Idaho Freedom Foundation

L. Brent Bozell III
Founder and President
Media Research Center

Amy Oliver Cooke
Executive Vice President
Independence Institute

Wesley Denton
Senior Director
Conservative Partnership Institute

Viv Forbes
Chairman
The Carbon Sense Coalition

Frank J Gaffney
President
Center for Security Policy

Steve Goreham
Executive Director
Climate Science Coalition of America

Tom Harris
Executive Director
International Climate Science Coalition

Phil Kerpen
President
American Commitment

Andrew Langer
President
Institute for Liberty

Lisa B. Nelson
CEO
American Legislative Exchange Council

Rick Manning
President
Americans for Limited Government

Jenny Beth Martin
Chairman
Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund

William Perry Pendley
President
Mountain States Legal Foundation

Thomas Pyle
President
American Energy Alliance

George Rasley
Managing Editor
ConservativeHQ.com

Sandy Rios
Director of Government Affairs
American Family Association

Craig Richardson
President, Energy & Environment
Legal Institute

Craig Rucker
President and Co-Founder
The Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT)

Dr. Jameson Taylor
Vice President for Policy
Mississippi Center for Public Policy

Kyle Wingfield
President and CEO
Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Author
Tim Huelskamp is the president and CEO of The Heartland Institute.
thuelskamp@heartland.org @CongHuelskamp