But Pruitt's visit to a mine as the EPA's leader also generated outrage for area environmental groups.
Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, who wants to ensure the U.S. doesn't invest a single dollar in protecting humanity from climate change, nonetheless wants to use the agency's limited funds to protect himself from other humans.
The differing approaches of the two administrations was highlighted by Pruitt himself, who said that while Obama's stressed a choice to be made between jobs and environmental protection, Trump believed in no such dilemma.
Pruitt's visit came just two weeks after Trump signed an executive order meant to overturn the Clean Power Plan, which former President Barack Obama and other Democrats had hoped would sharply cut Carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
Penn Future's Larry Schweiger said a rollback of restrictions will have no effect since coal is quickly being replaced by cheap and bountiful natural gas.
As Pruitt was descending into the mine, the Center for Coalfield Justice held a press conference at its Washington office to push back on the Trump administration's agenda. The Task Force is led by a Regulatory Reform Officer, EPA Senior Counsel and Associate Administrator for Policy Samantha Dravis, and it includes the Agency's Chief of Staff, Ryan Jackson, among others.
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"It's been said - I think you've heard it said - you can't have your cake and eat it too", Pruitt said.
Additionally, the group asked the EPA to consider a 90-day freeze on implementing the rule. His legal attacks prompted almost 800 EPA employees to urge Senate members to block his confirmation, arguing that he had "shown no interest" in enforcing the environmental laws and principles that underpin the agency's goal.
"[It's] no lie that the [coal] industry in the last eight years, we've all felt a lot of pain", said Jimmy Brock, CEO of CNX Coal Resources, which operates the Harvey Mine. No mention of our country's clean energy sector, which is busier than ever producing jobs: three million and counting, according to new government data.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said that he has pulled the plug on a program in which EPA employees were granted gym memberships by the agency. When cuts do finally come down later this spring after a a thorough congressional review, we can expect that climate to worsen, though hopefully not to the point of all-out mutiny.
Pruitt said his own biggest objection with the accord is that "America was put last".
"Despite all this, Trump's EPA administrator is trying to throw it all away to placate polluters", Hitt said.