A coalition of 32 craft breweries-including seven from Illinois-delivered a letter on Wednesday to the U.S. Senate urging lawmakers to vote against Scott Pruitt, a climate change denialist and Trump's submission to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Sierra Club accuses Pruitt of conspiring with the fossil fuel industry to attack EPA protections while he was Oklahoma's attorney general. Collins met at length with Pruitt, discussing important environmental issue about which she "care [s] deeply about - from [the] EPA's enforcement of landmark environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, to climate change and the Clean Power Plan, to protections from harmful pollutants such as lead and mercury". Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Ranking Member Tom Carper and Democratic members Ben Cardin, Sheldon Whitehouse, Jeff Merkley, Ed Markey, and Tammy Duckworth in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asked for an immediate halt to debate on Pruitt's nomination and postponement of the confirmation vote by the full Senate. One EPA worker is quoted as saying, "I'm suddenly spending my days comparing the importance of the oath I took when I started my career service and the code that I have as an American".
Collins added a list of environmental issues affecting ME that she disagreed with Pruitt over. "Pruitt can't be an impartial administrator when it comes to the lawsuits he spearheaded and as EPA Administrator he must step aside from those suits to protect the integrity of the agency's decision making".
Pruitt's been involved in a number of lawsuits against EPA over the years, challenging regulations he argued impinged on state sovereignty and hurt local economies. "We are grateful that our senators have spoken out for the best interests of ME people". "With the nomination of Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA, it's clear" he was serious about that goal.
"President Trump and congressional Republicans' wide-ranging assault on clean water and clean air already is beginning".
"And no matter what ME does, unless we address the out-of-state sources of pollution, we can not make the kind of progress that needs to be made", she says. "But the one that has been getting the most attention is one that we filed 25 months ago which was seeking email communications between Scott Pruitt and a number of coal and gas companies, including Devon Energy, Peabody Energy and Koch Industries".
"We're not going to back down", Delaware Sen. The Senate must stand with science.