President-elect Donald Trump nominated Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
"I am deeply grateful and honored to serve as President-elect Trump's EPA Administrator," stated Pruitt . "The American people are tired of seeing billions of dollars drained from our economy due to unnecessary EPA regulations, and I intend to run this agency in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the environment and freedom for American businesses."
Pruitt is an evangelical Christian and an expert in Constitutional law. The Trump transition team said that he "brings a deep understanding of the impact of regulations on both the environment and the economy making him an excellent choice to lead the Environmental Protection Agency."
Pruitt has opposed many of the EPA policies and sued EPA's Clean Power Plan and regulations on methane emissions, according to The Washington Post.
"Mr. Pruitt will ensure that we conserve our natural habitats, reserves and resources, while unleashing an energy revolution that will bring vast new wealth to our country. Mr. Pruitt agrees with President-elect Trump that we must rescind all job-destroying executive actions and eliminate all barriers to responsible energy production. This will create at least a half million jobs each year and produce $30 billion in higher wages," the president-elect's transition website says.
Pruitt has questioned the validity of climate change science, and impact of greenhouse gases on environment.
The climate change supporters and mainstream media are skeptical of Pruitt's future role as head of EPA, given his opposition to climate change legislations.