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‘There's No Happier Person in America Right Now Than Scott Pruitt'

Posted On: Jun 29, 2018   |   Posted By: The New Republic

Vermont Law School professor Patrick Parenteau has given lots of interviews since Wednesday, when Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement. Most have focused on how Kennedy's absence from the court will help Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, in his quest to vigorously dismantle America's environmental protection laws. But Parenteau says his interviews thus far have lacked an important sentiment: “No one talks about how weird it is,” he said. “It,” here, is the fact that the head of the EPA is actually attacking rules to protect clean air and water. The American public may have gotten used to Pruitt's agenda, he said, but “This still isn't a normal thing.” Normal or not, it's happening. Right now, the Pruitt EPA's attempts to undo regulations around clean air, water, and the environment face court challenges by environmental groups and attorneys general in Democratic states. Should those cases reach the Supreme Court , Kennedy's retirement and...

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