One day after Donald Trump declared victory in the 2016 presidential election, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt took to the airwaves on a local radio show titled “Exploring Energy.”
In the interview, Pruitt, whom Trump has since chosen to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, said the new administration would undo environmental executive orders and regulations passed under President Obama.
“I believe that there’s going to be significant regulatory change on day one,” Pruitt said. “I think there’ll be executive orders that will be issued that will undo many of the—President Obama’s executive action in the energy space and healthcare space and finance area, banking.”
In choosing Pruitt to head the EPA, Trump has sent a clear message that he intends to follow through on his campaign promise to cut back on environmental regulations that he and many Republicans have long argued harm businesses. A CNN KFile review of Pruitt’s interviews and public statements reinforces an emerging image of him as a pick who will roll back Obama-era environmental regulations and oppose efforts to address climate change.
In the same interview on Nov. 10, Pruitt claimed the Trump administration would roll back EPA rules like the Clean Power Plan and Waters of the United States, saying, “There’ll have to be rules proposed by the EPA to withdraw those, but that will happen, and there will be notice and comments that will be taken and then those rules with ultimately be withdrawn.”