WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) today issued the following statement regarding President-elect Donald Trump’s intent to nominate Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt for Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

“Attorney General Pruitt is exactly the type of person we need to lead the EPA during this critical time. He has been a driving force behind the legal battle against President Obama’s environmental policies and far-reaching regulations. I look forward to working with him to reverse policies that threaten affordable, reliable energy and jobs.”

In May 2015, Attorney General Pruitt testified before a Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW) Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Subcommittee hearing chaired by Senator Capito about the legal issues surrounding EPA’s carbon regulations.