President Trump’s E.P.A. chief, Scott Pruitt, has spent nearly all of his time since first taking the job in February hobnobbing with top corporate executives and lobbyists from all the major industry sectors his agency is in charge of regulating, reports The New York Times.
At the same time, Pruitt has scheduled “almost no meetings with environmental groups or consumer or public health advocates, according to a 320-page accounting of his daily schedule from February through May.”
In fact, many of the people Pruitt has spent the majority of his time with, locked in back-to-back meetings, currently have serious matters pending before his agency—matters potentially worth hundreds of millions in regulatory costs.
“Some of these same companies and trade associations were allies of Mr. Pruitt when, as Oklahoma’s attorney general, he sued the E.P.A. at least 14 times to try to block rules Mr. Pruitt is now in charge of enforcing.” according to The Times.
According to his calendar, Pruitt also scheduled a call with the Family Research Council, a well-known anti-aboriton Christian organization,” to organize a group of “key business leaders around the country who are very excited about Administrator Pruitt’s new leadership role.”