EPA Chairman Andrew Wheeler Continues To Deregulate Pollution At A Record Pace

Former coal lobbyist, Andrew Wheeler, is set
to become the next leader of the EPA completing the industry capture of yet another government
agency. Now we’ve, we know a lot about this guy right? Yeah. This is the guy, this is the coal industry
guy who who lobbied, lobbied all over the country, West Virginia. He was the guy who said, you know, mountaintop
mining is a great idea. Let’s blow off the tops of mountains. Destroy entire ecosystems. He was the go to guy for, for the lobby and
industry where it comes to all fossil fuels, so they love this guy. Fossil fuel industry is in love with this
guy. When he, here’s what he’s done already, this
Wheeler. Now he’s supposed to, he’s supposed to replace
Pruitt. Now, I don’t know how you’re getting worse
than Pruitt when the stories are still emerging about what a thug Pruitt was, but so, so this
guy then takes over and we start seeing rollbacks of methane pollution. We’re regulating methane pollution, well roll
back on that. Regulating mercury, roll back on that. A rollback on toxic chemical pollution, roll
back on that. This is all he’s done. Roll back on car standards to solve the crisis
of climate change, roll that back. Gut the tailpipe pollution regulation, roll
that back. This is who Wheeler is. It is and here’s the interesting thing too
about about Wheeler to me is the fact that the entire time Scott Pruitt was in office,
everyone was saying Pruitt is awful. He’s got to go all these scandals. This is horrible and maybe we’ll get somebody
better. Well, no, I don’t think anybody looking at
this objectively ever thought we were going to get somebody better and Wheeler has come
in and said, wow, Pruitt was so bad on the environment. I betcha I could do worse, but here’s, here’s
the part. Pruitt was not, and a lot of people blame
Trump for this. I do not blame Trump for Pruitt or Wheeler. These are two guys who regardless of who the
Republican was in that office, it could’ve been Cruz, it could’ve been Rand Paul. They would’ve done the same thing. This is typical and it honestly, if a Democrat
had done this, probably wouldn’t have been that surprising either. No, no. That wouldn’t surprise me at all frankly. It’s because that’s what happens in DC. It’s not necessarily specific to a political
party. It’s certainly not just this one politician
up there. These are the guys that they go to when they
need somebody to head an agency and destroy it. You know, you mentioned all these things Wheeler
rolled back in his first 100 days alone. Sierra Club says he was pulling back one regulation
every three days. Right, now let me ask you something here. This is, every time I look at a story like
this and I say, what is, what does the responsible media do? How about they did nothing here? How about they did nothing? Every three days this cat was rolling back
and in that, those are the numbers, every three days he’s rolling back a regulation
that supports the environment that we, by the rollback destroys the environment. Farron, thanks for joining me. We’ll pick up some of these stories next week. Thank you.

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