(National Sentinel)Â De-weaponizing Government:Â Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said in an interview Sunday that the Obama administration’s “war on coal” was over.
Pruitt told New York’s AM 970 “The Cats Roundtable” program that his agency should not be in the business of picking winners and losers in the energy industry, that the market should do that.
He also chastised the Obama administration for implementing a series of regulations and other roadblocks that were highly detrimental to the coal industry.
â€œWeâ€™re in the process of making sure that weâ€™re not picking winners and losers,â€ he said.
â€œItâ€™s not the job of this agency, or any job in the federal government, to use regulatory power to favor of one sector of the economy over another. And what you saw with the past administration is just that â€” an attitude that says fossil fuel â€¦ is something that should be diminished in favor of, what, renewables,” Pruitt added.
“That doesnâ€™t mean renewables shouldnâ€™t be a part of our electricity-generation mix. It should be. But to use regulatory power to favor renewables at the expense natural gas, oil and coal isÂ just something thatâ€™s not within the regulatory powers of this agency. And so weâ€™re fixing that,” he continued.