Thursday, December 08, 2016

Climate change skeptic to head EPA; McMorris Rodgers as Interior secretary?

The Trump administration appears set to take a hard right turn on environmental policy, with climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt as boss of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., a possible Interior secretary...McMorris Rodgers is a conservative six-term House member from Eastern Washington who has usually scored zero in ratings of House votes on conservation and energy by the League of Conservation Voters. McMorris Rodgers was recently named a vice chair of the Trump transition team and met with the president-elect late last month. McMorris Rodgers is a member of the House Republican leadership, charged with developing themes for town meetings and "talking points" for GOP House members when back in their districts. She picked a strategic point to join the Trump bandwagon. While questioning his remarks about women, McMorris Rodgers said she would vote for Trump in the state's May primary. The primary was held soon after Trump's victory in the Indiana primary in which he wrapped up the Republican nomination. In the National Environmental Scorecard, sponsored by the League of Conservation Voters, McMorris Rodgers has a lifetime score of 4 (out of 100). She was given a zero rating in the League's tabulation of 30 House votes in 2015...more

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