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Trump should be glad Pruitt resigned

The latest cut made at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is the best of the year.

Scott Pruitt’s resignation from the EPA is a loss the country can handle. President Donald Trump said the former EPA administrator left of his own accord, reportedly telling the president, “I have such great confidence in the administration. I don’t want to be a distraction,” according to the Associated Press.

Pruitt had become a distraction with numerous investigations into his management of the agency and allegations of ethical violations, including dealings with industry lobbyists, misuse of government resources and questions about his travel spending.

There is nothing wrong with his mission to cut red tape and reduce regulations that curb business growth, and we are confident that the new EPA administrator will continue that battle. But abusing the power of public office is inexcusable when tax dollars foot the bill for his extravagant spending, and his close ties to fossil fuel industry lobbyists push Americans’ health aside for personal gain.

Trump’s promise to “Drain the Swamp” isn’t being furthered by a career politician and lobbyist who’s sued the EPA 14 times throughout his career.

In 13 of the 14 suits, industrial companies, all of which financially contributed to Pruitt’s political career, backed Pruitt, according to court documents compiled by the New York Times.

Now, EPA Deputy Administrator Andrew Wheeler, a former coal industry lobbyist, is temporarily in control.

The EPA needs someone who takes the job seriously and puts our health first, not someone who has a 20-preson security detail that has racked up $3 million in expenses, spends $43,000 on a soundproof phone booth, flies first class, orders his staff to find his unemployed wife a lucrative job and takes handouts from veteran fossil fuel lobbyists who are seeking regulatory rollbacks from the EPA.

Government oversight is an issue, but regulations that protect our country’s health and future are necessary.

The EPA helped clear the orange smog that covered Los Angeles in the ‘70s through the Clean Air Act’s car emission standards. The EPA helped extinguish the Cuyahoga River from catching fire through the Clean Water Act, which placed limits on big industry from dumping toxic waste into our rivers.

Yes. Overregulation is a problem we need to address. The EPA has shown it can limit pollution without destroying the economy, but we need an administrator who’s willing to work for the public, not for personal interest.

Our nation established the EPA to protect our country. Now, we need someone who uses common sense and morals, while cleaning out the swamp.