…Hey, he learned from the best “cheater” Trump who is $crewing America blind as WE hide our eyes…

…Hey, he learned from the best “cheater” Trump who is $crewing America blind as WE hide our eyes…

EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Is Living Large—on American Taxpayers’ Dime

While Pruitt is wasting public money on a lavish lifestyle, he’s gutting the EPA’s ability to protect Americans from dirty air and contaminated water.

By Alex Formuzis, Bill Walker / Environmental Working Group

February 27, 2018, 12:00 PM GMT

In his first year as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt has spent almost a quarter of a million dollars on first-class seats, military and charter jets, a private phone booth and other luxuries.

That’s our money. That’s your money. That’s money the EPA could spend on protecting lead-poisoned kids, keeping chicken poop out of drinking water, or controlling deadly toxic chemicals in consumer products. 

The Environmental Integrity Project obtained government records showing that Pruitt and top staff racked up more than $197,000 in travel costs from March through August of 2017. In less than one month last year, the tab was $90,000. This included $1,641 for Pruitt’s first-class seat from Washington to New York – a flight of about 90 minutes – and more than $36,000 for a military jet to fly the 589 miles between Cincinnati and New York.

The EPA’s inspector general is investigating both Pruitt’s travel expenses and his purchase of the $25,000 private phone booth. Last week, the Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee demanded that the EPA turn over all records related to Pruitt’s use of private aircraft and first-class seats on commercial flights.

Pruitt has said he needs to fly first class because he has unpleasant encounters with other passengers who don’t like his systematic dismantling of environmental and public health regulations—or as Time magazine put it, "because people are mean to him in coach." It would be cheaper to get him a companion animal to protect him from the unruly masses in the back of the plane.

In an op-ed for The Hill, Keith Gaby of the Environmental Defense Fund wrote that Pruitt has long had “a deep sense of entitlement” that holding high government office is about perks, not public service:

Pruitt is accustomed to conventions at fancy hotels paid for oil and gas companies who have funded his political rise. It seems likely that someone who had always used his position to add a little style to his life didn’t think it a big deal to get some extra leg room and a free glass of champagne on the taxpayers’ dime.

Here are some of the other things Pruitt’s been doing with our money:

 

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