EPA’s Scott Pruitt Flying First Class because He gets too many “Eff Yous” in Coach. Seriously.

February 16, 2018

Put down coffee.

Dude, you poison our kids, we’re going to be rude.

The Hill:

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revealed that Administrator Scott Pruitt faced profanities and confrontations while traveling after controversy surrounding his use of first-class flights.

The director of the EPA’s Office of Criminal Enforcement, Henry Barnet, told Politico that Pruitt was “approached in the airport numerous times” and had profanities “yelled at him” during his travels.

Barnet told the publication that one specific incident saw a person approach Pruitt and shout “Scott Pruitt, you’re f—ing up the environment” while recording it on a cellphone.

“The team leader felt that he was being placed in a situation where he was unsafe on the flight,” Barnet told Politico.

“We felt that based on the recommendation from the team leader, the special agent in charge, that it would be better suited to have him in business or first class, away from close proximity from those individuals who were approaching him and being extremely rude, using profanities and potential for altercations and so forth,” he continued.

The EPA’s defense of the administrator’s traveling habits comes after The Washington Post reported Sunday that Pruitt frequently flies first class on official trips, costing taxpayers thousands of dollars.

CBS News reported late Tuesday that Pruitt flew business class in June on an Emirates flight back from Italy after obtaining a waiver to rules that require official travel to be on United States-flagged airlines.

On Tuesday, Pruitt blamed his first-class flying on interactions that have “not been the best.”

He told the New Hampshire Union Leader that his security detail dictated his travel choices, and he played no role in the decisions.

“We live in a very toxic environment politically, particularly around issues of the environment,” Pruitt said.

“We’ve reached the point where there’s not much civility in the marketplace and it’s created, you know, it’s created some issues and the [security] detail, the level of protection is determined by the level of threat.”

Pruitt and his family have received far more threats than previous EPA leaders. E&E News reported that the EPA’s inspector general opened about 70 investigations into threats in 2017, about double the previous year.

In response, Pruitt and the EPA have taken additional security measures that his predecessors didn’t.

Vox:

Things got off to an inauspicious start in February, when a story at E&E revealed that Pruitt was requesting a full-time, around-the-clock security detail — not the first act of a man confident in his agenda.

In May, the New Republic’s Emily Atkin, noting Pruitt’s refusal to meet with media or make his schedule public, asked, “What is Scott Pruitt hiding?” Another story in May found that political leadership at the EPA had begun “occasionally inserting new data and other information into public statements without final review from career policy specialists,” data and information officials inside EPA describe as “misleading and incompatible with extensive agency research.” Another covered Pruitt firing several scientists from the agency’s science review board, planning to replace them with people more sympathetic to industry.

An AP story in June uncovered an email record showing that Pruitt coordinated tightly with fossil fuel groups as attorney general in Oklahoma. E&E revealed that Pruitt’s calendar in his early weeks at EPA was filled with meetings with energy executives (though he met with no environmentalists).

A story in July showed that Pruitt is rolling back regulations “without the input of the 15,000 career employees at the agency he heads.” Instead, the Times’s Coral Davenport writes, “Pruitt has outsourced crucial work to a network of lawyers, lobbyists and other allies, especially Republican state attorneys general.” Another noted that he had traveled back home to Oklahoma — where he hopes to run for Senate — 10 times in his first three months, huddling with industry allies from his AG days.

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9 Responses to “EPA’s Scott Pruitt Flying First Class because He gets too many “Eff Yous” in Coach. Seriously.”

  1. bbenfulton Says:

    It’s not easy being a horrible person.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      LOL—-apparently it IS easy being such a horrible (even evil) person. Pruitt seems to do it so effortlessly and with such a “let them eat cake” nonchalance that he would have been a candidate for the guillotine “back then”.

      Let’s not forget that he also had installed in his office a $25,000 sound-proof “phone booth” to guard against anyone listening to his conversations. AND biometric thumb/retina scan security devices on his office doors.

      Don’t think he’s worried about the public coming after him there as much as his own employees, many of whom do not wish him well. A friend who worked at the EPA for more than 25 years put in his retirement papers within days of Trump’s stealing the election.

      Let’s hope it gets so bad that he finds it difficult to go out in public. I WAS pleased to see that so many signs and banners at the People’s Climate March last spring were anti-Pruitt—-a far higher proportion mentioned him specifically than mentioned Trump.

      PS Let’s hope he does manage to get elected to the Senate from OK and moves back there—-karma would demand that he then get caught in a tornado that the cut back NWS was unable to warn him about.

  2. Gingerbaker Says:

    Yes! The Cone of Silence! I demand the Cone of Silence! :>D

  3. mboli Says:

    Wait a minute. This is good news!
    Scott Pruitt said “We live in a very toxic environment.” And it sounded like he disapproved!
    Scott Pruitt, in public, disapproved of toxic environment.
    That’s a good sign, right?


  4. Perhaps crowd fund business and first class tickets for people wanting to express themselves in Mr Pruitts presence? Can’t have him feeling too relaxed as he enjoys his creature comforts at tax payers expense.

    • dumboldguy Says:

      Good idea, except that Pruitt refuses to release his travel schedule or even his daily appointments schedule, so it’s hard to target him anywhere. I would love to ambush him on a sidewalk somewhere in DC and call him some names, but he DOES know how to hide.


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