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Bush-era EPA head calls out Pruitt over ‘shameful’ climate denial

Christine Todd Whitman, a Republican who headed the Environmental Protection Agency under president George W Bush, has criticised the current administrator Scott Pruitt.

Whitman cited recent attacks by the agency on an Associated Press reporter, the installation of a political appointee to remove references to climate change from EPA grants, and the repeal of many environmental regulations. Each she said is evidence of “the dangerous political turn of an agency that is supposed to be guided by science”.

“The agency created by a Republican president [Richard Nixon] 47 years ago to protect the environment and public health may end up doing neither under Mr Pruitt’s direction,” she said in an op-ed published in The New York Times on 8 September.

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