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Business Leaders Criticize Nomination of Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency:

For Immediate Release: 
December 8, 2016

“Trump lays out the welcome mat for polluters at EPA”

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Bob Keener

WASHINGTON, DC (December 8, 2016)—The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), which with its member organizations represents more than 250,000 businesses, expressed deep concern over the nomination of Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The following statement may be attributed to David Levine, CEO and Co-founder of ASBC:

“With Scott Pruitt’s selection as administrator, Trump lays out the welcome mat for polluters at EPA. It also proves that the President-elect is more concerned about the fossil fuel industry and other polluters than with growing the economy and creating U.S. jobs through investments in clean energy. We will give other countries major competitive advantages over us if we fail to lead in building a clean energy industry here at home.

This nomination also demonstrates a critical disregard for the impacts on businesses and the economy from climate change and extreme weather events. Supply chain disruptions and major storms can be economically disastrous, especially for small businesses, some of which never recover.

Mr. Pruitt has been a consistent critic of regulations that require industries to account for the costs they impose on the environment, often justifying his position based on flawed science.

Mr. Pruitt’s selection signals a roll back of policies that have stimulated innovation and progress. In addition to clean energy, clean water and chemical regulation are under threat as a result of preferential treatment regulated fossil fuel and other chemical industries are expected to receive.

Ultimately, we have grave concerns that the Trump administration will starve the agency of necessary resources to execute its core functions of protecting our air from climate change inducing carbon pollution, protecting clean water for food and agricultural production, and ensuring chemical safety for the products in our stores."

The American Sustainable Business Council advocates for policy change and informs business owners and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, sustainable economy. Through its national member network, it represents more than 250,000 business owners, executives and investors from a wide range of industries.