DOUG O’MALLEY / STAR-LEDGER – The countdown is underway for a U.S. Senate vote on President Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Senate voted Thursday to advance the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, and a final vote could come on Friday. The vote is an extraordinary moment in the extraordinary opening weeks of the Trump administration.
Three former Republican EPA Administrators – Bill Ruckelshaus, Bill Reilly and former New Jersey Gov. Christie Todd Whitman – voiced strong opposition to the nomination. Senate Democrats, including Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), boycotted the committee hearing, which temporarily stymied the process.
The EPA, of course, is the agency that Pruitt has spent decades working to undermine.
His nomination is the culmination of the anti-environmental, anti-science streak that now runs through national conservative politics …
Doug O’Malley is director of Environment New Jersey.