Scott Pruitt, climate change denier and head of the Environmental Protection Agency, is receiving four to five times more death threats than any of his predecessors, according to the EPA Inspector General. To deal with the rising threat, more than a dozen new guards are training for a 24/7 security detail, and their salaries alone could cost more than $2 million. Fortunately, Pruitt has a bunch of money left over from when he slashed funding to his department by 30 percent.
"The incoming agents will ... provide him around-the-clock protection, something unheard of for Pruitt's predecessors. Salaries alone for the full team will cost at least $2 million per year, according to figures compiled by CNN from public documents." https://t.co/Za8ycEJWNy— Rebekah Metzler (@rebekahmetzler) October 23, 2017
I find it interesting that the increased threats to the EPA administrator were buried in this story.— Mike Lavigne (@broadcastmike) October 23, 2017
Pruitt's efforts to undermine climate change science have not gone unnoticed. During his time with the agency, his schedule has included 100 meetings with the fossil fuel industry, but only five with environmental groups.