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Pruitt Vows to Repeal ‘Prohibition’ on U.S. Energy Resources


The Obama administration effectively imposed “Prohibition” on U.S. energy and natural resources development through policies meant to address climate change and water protection, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Friday night.

It was not the first time Pruitt has likened the previous administration’s agency to the U.S. attempt to ban alcohol in the 1920s and early 1930s, but he has upped the frequency with which he mentions it in recent days and weeks.

Attendees of the Conservative Political Action Conference, in Oxon Hill, Maryland, cheered the remark and other slogans that have become standard in Pruitt’s public comments. Those include maligning his predecessors for their “fifth-grade civics” and making the agency “weaponized against certain sectors of our economy.”

Like other conference speakers over the course of the day, Pruitt lauded President Donald Trump’s rejection of the Paris agreement on climate change, citing what he characterized as unequal responsibilities for the U.S., China and India.

“The Paris accord was never about” carbon dioxide reduction, he said.

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