"Pruitt is a creature of the GOP, not any kind of Trump-era anomaly. He has spent his entire career enmeshed in right-wing groups like the Republican Attorneys General Association and the American Legislative Exchange Council. He is steeped in conservative media, a long-time favorite of right-wing sites like Breitbart. He is of the movement, and the culmination of the GOP’s current philosophy toward EPA, which can only be described as thoroughgoing nihilism. The right views EPA as a tool of the Democrats and it wants to burn it down. Trump has merely given Pruitt the green light."