Scott Pruitt: Stop Wasting Taxpayer Money on Private Jets While Slashing EPA’s Budget

Target: Scott Pruitt, Administrator, Environmental Protection Agency

Goal: Stop unnecessary spending of the EPA budget and staff reduction.

Scott Pruitt has spent over $830,000 on security alone during his first three months after being appointed the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is twice the amount his predecessors spent. Pruitt and President Trump intend to reduce the budget by around 31 percent and decrease the number of employees by one-fifth. According to The Washington Post, Pruitt, who has deep ties to the fossil fuel industry, told the House Appropriations Subcommittee, “I believe we can fulfill the mission of our agency with a trimmed budget with proper leadership and management.”

Security isn’t the only expense Pruitt has allowed himself, however. A soundproof private booth has been installed in his office, which is common in cabinet offices, however, this one cost the agency almost $25,000. The salesman for the company that installed the booth told The New York Times that this booth was different from the others and cost four times more.

An investigation has been opened into the many flights back to his home state of Oklahoma in a private plane on the taxpayer’s dollar. The EPA’s office of inspector general has been asked to expand this investigation. Rep. Frank Pallone, JR. (NJ) wrote, “Administrator Pruitt’s reported use of private aircraft is just the latest example of repeated and blatant use of taxpayer funds by the Trump Administration.” Sign this petition demanding that Administrator Pruitt end his frivolous spending and maintain his current staff roster and budget so that the EPA can offer the environmental protection it was created to.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Administrator Pruitt,

It has come to our attention that in addition to you turning a blind eye to oil spills, refinery explosions, and water pollution in Texas, you are also using the budget of the EPA as your personal charge account. You have made it quite clear that you only support corporate and oil tycoons and have every intention of rendering the EPA useless under your leadership. We are also distressed by your approval of President Trump’s plan to cut the EPA budget by 31 percent and drastically decrease staff.

We demand that you stop spending tax money on private flights, office embellishments, and such an expensive security detail and use the funds to maintain the staff roster and allow the employees and experts at the EPA to do their jobs and protect our environment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore

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5 Comments

  1. Bad, bad, bad! This is a disgrace! EPA must come first! All the other crap is not necessary to live! It’s easy to waste money when it’s not yours! Stop spending taxpayers money on nonessential expensive garbage!

  2. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    stop being rich. stop pollution for good.

  3. Pruitt use your own damn money to fly in our friendly skies!

  4. Obama was worse and private jet means taxes are not paying for it.

  5. What a dreadful example you are!You should be as ashamed of yourself as others are of you.

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