Pruitt prioritized giving speeches to Koch and Mercer funded groups in his first year at EPA – ThinkProgress

In his first year as EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt scheduled ten speeches to conservative think tanks, including many Koch-funded organizations that espouse a platform of climate denial, according to a ThinkProgress review of the administrator’s public calendar.

And while it’s not uncommon for EPA administrator’s to speak at politically-aligned think tanks, the frequency with which Pruitt has visited think tanks is more than double that of his two most recent predecessors. That frequency, combined with the agency’s lack of transparency surrounding these appearances, has raised eyebrows among environment and public interest groups.

“Scott Pruitt’s frequent – and frequently secret – speeches to industry and right-wing political groups are another example of how he uses EPA to further his own ambition instead of serving the public,” Tom Pelton, spokesman for the Environmental Integrity Project, told ThinkProgress via email.

via Pruitt prioritized giving speeches to Koch and Mercer funded groups in his first year at EPA – ThinkProgress