What is Trump’s view of the EPA?

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Dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial cam­paign, Trump de­cried the EPA as a job-killing bu­reau­cracy that had need­lessly ham­strung the Amer­i­can econ­omy with costly reg­u­la­tions. He vowed to “get rid of it in al­most ev­ery form,” leav­ing just “lit­tle tid­bits” of en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tion. This view was wel­comed by many hard-line con­ser­va­tives and, of course, by in­dus­try. “The Amer­i­can peo­ple are drown­ing in rules and reg­u­la­tion promulgated by un­elected bu­reau­crats,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who was one of the four Repub­li­can con­gress­men who spon­sored a 2017 bill that would have abol­ished the EPA. “And the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency has be­come an ex­tra­or­di­nary of­fender.” Since his in­au­gu­ra­tion, Trump has stacked the EPA’s se­nior lead­er­ship with of­fi­cials openly hos­tile to the agency’s orig­i­nal mis­sion. His first EPA ad­min­is­tra­tor, Scott Pruitt, had sued the EPA 14 times as Ok­la­homa’s attorney gen­eral in be­half of the state’s oil in­dus­try. The sec­ond, An­drew Wheeler, is a for­mer en­ergy in­dus­try lob­by­ist and lawyer. The EPA’s se­nior deputy gen­eral coun­sel worked at Amer­i­can Petroleum In­sti­tute.

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