In emails obtained by Unearthed, top officials state that the environment agency chief’s arguments about revoking carbon limits are based on information full of “factual errors”
US environment agency administrator Scott Pruitt spread “very troubling” and “inaccurate” information when criticising the Obama’s reform of emissions standards for cars, according to correspondence between senior EPA agency officials.
The officials state in a cache of emails released to Unearthed through a freedom of information request that Pruitt also cited an article that contained “many factual errors” when arguing that the tightening of standards would lead to job cuts in the US car industry.
The correspondence was released by the EPA a week after Pruitt announced he is going to revoke Obama’s introduction of new carbon limits on cars and SUVs, largely on the basis that they would be unfair to consumers and industry.
The EPA chief is currently at the centre of a media storm, as he faces accusations that he overspent and misused public security funds.