President-elect Donald Trump has named Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.
Pruitt, 48, has led a charge against the Obama administration’s climate change agenda and is part of a group of attorneys generals challenging the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.
A biography on the attorney general’s website describes Pruitt as “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.”
In an editorial published in the National Review earlier this year, Pruitt said that the “debate” about climate change is “far from settled.”
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said on Wednesday that he stands “ready to use the full power of my office” to compel enforcement if the EPA fails to “uphold…environmental laws” under Pruitt’s leadership.
Schneiderman, along with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, have both launched probes to determine if ExxonMobil properly disclosed potential impacts climate change could have on investors and consumers.
ExxonMobil has denied any wrongdoing and has noted that it has included information about climate related business risks for many years in its 10-K, Corporate Citizenship Report, and in other reports to shareholders.
Trump is reportedly scheduled to meet with Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson this week as he considers the chief executive for the Security of State post.
In a statement given to Reuters, Pruitt said he intends to run the EPA “in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the environment and freedom for American businesses.”
Curbing oil and gas regulations was a centerpiece of Trump’s campaign.
During an energy policy speech given in May, Trump called environmental enforcement efforts a “totally self-inflicted wound” on domestic oil and gas production.
Trump has promised to “cancel job-killing” oil and gas regulations as well as lifting moratoriums on oil and gas drilling on federal lands.
A group advising Trump on Native American issues is reportedly considering a plan that would offer plays located on reservation lands for private ownership.
In a video message posted last month, Trump said reducing oil and gas regulations will help create “many millions of high paying jobs.”
Trump has not disclosed further details about the regulations he intends to modify or eliminate.