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December 8, 2016 4:59 am

Trump Picks Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to Head Environmental Protection Agency

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Photo: Facebook.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. Photo: Facebook.

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday chose Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a transition official, turning to a climate-change skeptic and sharp critic of the agency to take its helm.

As the chief legal officer of a major oil and natural-gas producing state, Mr. Pruitt, a Republican, has led legal fights against some of President Barack Obama’s most significant environmental rules, and one of his major roles as EPA administrator would likely be to try to roll back those regulations.

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