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After bruising battle, climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt confirmed to lead EPA

After bruising battle, climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt confirmed to lead EPA

President Trump’s nominee to run the Environmental Protection Agency, a climate change skeptic who has for years been an ardent critic of the department he will now lead, got final Senate approval Friday after a prolonged assault from environmentalists.

The nomination of former Oklahoma Atty. Gen. Scott Pruitt for the post has been one of the most bitterly fought since Trump took office last month, pitting a crusader for fossil fuel interests who has sued the agency 14 times against an environmental movement that is scrambling to preserve what it can of President Obama’s actions to curb climate change and protect natural resources.

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