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Climate change skeptic, Scott Pruitt, to head EPA

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Donald Trump seems to be appointing cabinet members into government agencies who are not only opposed to the work President Obama has done with them for past eight years, but he wants to change the scope of their infrastructures entirely.

For instance, his choice for The Department of Housing and Urban Development is Ben Carson, a man who vehemently opposes government assisted programs and fair housing initiatives.

His choice for Education secretary, Betsy DeVos wants less funding for public schools and more voucher programs to help children attend private ones.

In his latest appointment, the president-elect has chosen Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Pruitt is no friend to the current EPA, he sued them over the Clean Power Plan, an Obama policy which helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

He has also sued the government over Obama’s immigration policies and the Affordable Care Act, saying religious business owners shouldn’t be mandated to provide health coverage to employees if they don't meet thier philosophies especially workers seeking birth control.

"Our Founding Fathers created a system to protect Americans' religious freedom from an overbearing and intrusive government. It's clear the health care law's ‘contraception mandate' goes against that very notion by requiring religious groups to violate their lawful beliefs and practices," said Pruitt in 2013. 

As far as the Environmental Protection Agency, Pruitt came to the defense of Exxon after they were sued on suspicion of keeping information from the public about climate change.

“Reasonable minds can disagree about the science behind global warming, and disagree they do,” Pruitt said of the lawsuit in March, 2016. 

The irony for Pruitt to head the EPA was not lost on environmental groups.

Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund said on Wednesday:

"Scott Pruitt has a record of attacking the environmental protections that EPA is charged with enforcing. He has built his political career by trying to undermine EPA's mission of environmental protection. Our country needs - and deserves - an EPA administrator who is guided by science, who respects America's environmental laws, and who values protecting the health and safety of all Americans ahead of the lobbying agenda of special interests."

Those in defense of Pruitt's appointment say to give the attorney general a chance.

Doug Deason, a Dallas investor and friend of Pruitt told the Chicago Tribune that liberals will be surprised at his “open-mindedness and that Pruitt is, “willing to look at things.

"Just like most Republican attorney generals, especially in energy-producing states, he has been really frustrated with the government and the EPA's overreach into everything,” said Deason.

The Tribune reports that the EPA projected in its final Clean Power Plan rule, “coal would be reduced to providing 27-percent of U.S. electricity with natural gas at 33-percent, Yet this very year, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, natural gas will provide 34 percent of U.S. electricity, and coal 30 percent.