Australian news, and some related international items

Scott Pruitt, Trump’s Chief Against the Environment, will be touring Australia

Donald Trump’s environment boss Scott Pruitt heading to Australia, ABC News , Exclusive by defence reporter Andrew Greene, 4 Aug 17, A climate science critic and one of the most controversial figures in the Trump administration will soon tour Australia in a visit environmental activists are likely to target with protests.

Key points:

  • Critics accuse Pruitt of trying to weaken the EPA
  • Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly says Australia should welcome Pruitt “with open arms”
  • Greenpeace says visit could spark protests and is not helpful for Australia as it tackles climate change policy

Lawyer Scott Pruitt was last year handpicked by Donald Trump to head the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Critics accuse the former Oklahoma attorney-general of trying to weaken the EPA since assuming his role as administrator in February.

The ABC has confirmed the Republican politician is scheduled to fly to Australia this year, joining other Trump administration figures who have already made the journey, including Vice-President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defence James Mattis.

Federal Government backbencher and climate change sceptic Craig Kelly has welcomed Mr Pruitt’s impending visit……..

Alix Foster Vander Elst, a campaigner with Greenpeace Australia Pacific. – “To have someone who supports the fossil fuel industry at the head of the Environmental Protection Agency in the US is obviously extremely unproductive and upsets many people……..


August 5, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics international

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