Could a moderate influence be coming to the U.S. EPA?
How far through the Looking Glass have we gone that an oil-and-gas lobbyist and former George W. Bush administration official could be considered a moderating influence at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)?
Axios reporters Jonathan Swan and Amy Harder are reporting that the Trump Administration will appoint Jeffery Holmstead as the deputy EPA administrator to Climate Change denier EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. Swann and Harder suggest that Holmstead could be a “moderating” influence on Pruitt, a man so extreme he sued the EPA 13 times to prevent implementation of its regulations during his stint as attorney general of Oklahoma.
Now Holmstead does appear to be more moderate in views than Pruitt and certainly is more moderate than many members of the Trump Administration and Congress on energy issues, but it should be noted that his current job is working as a lobbyist for companies looking to build new coal-fired power plants, refineries, renewable energy sources, and electric transmission infrastructure…