January 26, 2022 News & Press Releases

Former Trump EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler Said He Would Bring Trump’s EPA Agenda to Virginia

by Democratic Party of Virginia

“I would take that same approach here in Virginia”

Richmond, VA —Today, Governor Youngkin’s nominee for Secretary of Natural Resources Andrew Wheeler doubled down on his work as Trump’s EPA Administrator in front of the Agriculture, Chesapeake And Natural Resources Committee during his confirmation hearing today – blatantly stating “I would take the same approach here in Virginia.”

In case you forgot, here are Andrew Wheeler’s top 10 greatest hits from his time as EPA administrator:

  1. Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. sued Wheeler’s EPA due to violating the Clean Water Act to enforce pollution reduction limits
  2. As head of EPA, Wheeler routinely side-lined scientists
  3. As a coal lobbyist, Wheeler took in millions of dollars from coal companies to lobby against common sense air and water safeguards—and carried out their agenda at EPA
  4. Wheeler said that climate change is “not the greatest crisis.”
  5. Undertook 50 major rolled backs and decimated EPA protections
  6. Was a critic of limiting greenhouse gas emissions and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
  7. Worked to make it harder for the EPA to impose new regulations by limiting scientific studies that the agency used when writing new pollution restrictions
  8. Was criticized by 150 bipartisan former EPA staffers who signed a letter describing him as an extremist that, “methodically weakening EPA’s ability to protect public health and the environment, instead favoring polluters.”
  9. His first major rule as head of the EPA granted the coal industry its own control of cleaning up toxic coal ash by scrapping standards put in place to protect human health and safety
  10. The Washington Post found that Wheeler ​‘liked’ a blatantly racist meme about the Obamas on Facebook