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Andrew Wheeler Ascends to No. 2 Post at the EPA as Scott Pruitt's Deputy Administrator

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:00:33 CDT

Andrew Wheeler Ascends to No. 2 Post at the EPA as Scott Pruitt's Deputy Administrator Today, Andrew Wheeler was confirmed as Deputy Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In response to Mr. Wheeler’s confirmation, Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor issued the following statement:



“We congratulate Mr. Wheeler on his confirmation as Deputy Administrator of the EPA. We are encouraged by the fact that Mr. Wheeler has extensive experience in matters relating to the EPA, and trust that he will work to uphold the president’s commitment to the Renewable Fuel Standard.



“The ethanol industry has played a crucial role in reinvigorating the American heartland, supporting American jobs, and giving consumers access to cleaner burning, renewable biofuels. We will continue to work with the administration to ensure that biofuels can continue to move America forward.”


Background:


Andrew Wheeler, a former aide to U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, received approval from the Senate on Thursday to be second in command at the Environmental Protection Agency.



The Senate voted 53-45 on Wheeler's nomination.



Wheeler served as chief counsel for the Tulsa Republican from 1995 to 1997 and later served under Inhofe on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee as a staff director and top attorney.



All Republicans voted in favor of Wheeler, with the exception of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who was not present. They were joined by three moderate Democrats. Sen. Bob Casey, a Pennsylvania Democrat, voted against.



Environmentalists have staunchly opposed Wheeler's nomination, citing his recent work as a lobbyist for Murray Energy, the nation's largest coal conglomerate.



Source - Growth Energy / NewsOK




   

 

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