Monday, March 27, 2017

Interesting EPA snippet.

From Politico:
Revitalizing the beleaguered coal industry and loosening restrictions on emissions was a cornerstone of Trump’s pitch to blue collar voters. Yet, two months into his presidency, Trump loyalists are accusing EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt of moving too slowly to push the president’s priorities.

Earlier this month, David Schnare, a Trump appointee who worked on the transition team, abruptly quit. According to two people familiar with the matter, among Schnare’s complaints was that Pruitt had yet to overturn the EPA’s endangerment finding, which empowers the agency to regulate greenhouse gas emissions as a public health threat.

Schnare’s departure was described as stormy, and those who’ve spoken with him say his anger at Pruitt runs deep.

"The backstory to my resignation is extremely complex,” he told E&E News, an energy industry trade publication. “I will be writing about it myself. It is a story not about me, but about a much more interesting set of events involving misuse of federal funds, failure to honor oaths of office, and a lack of loyalty to the president."

Other Trump loyalists at EPA complain they’ve been shut out of meetings with higher-ups and are convinced that Pruitt is pursuing his own agenda instead of the president’s. Some suspect that he is trying to position himself for an eventual Senate campaign. (EPA spokespersons did not respond to requests for comment.)
David Schnare, a former EPA lawyer, has been most notable for his unsuccessful lawsuits (often with Christopher Horner) seeking emails of Michael Mann and others. Here he is celebrating at WUWT his appointment to the Trump transition team.

Update Here is the story at Schnare's home base at E&E.

Update - as William points out below, I had my E&Es mixed up. Here is Schnare at his E&E announcing his appointment. But they have not announced his departure.


  1. Shadows of the repeal-Obamacare non-vote? It seems that Pruitt isn't anti-environment enough for some people.

    ps: why is E&E Schnare's "home base"? That seems an odd thing to say.

    1. Well, his home base is E&E legal. And he emailed to them. But yes, looks like I have the wrong E&E.