Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt told media sources the “war on coal” is officially over.
He added that the EPA is not responsible for picking who leads the energy industry and reprimanded Barack Obama for doing so in the past.
“We’re in the process of making sure that we’re not picking winners and losers,” he stated. “It’s not the job of this agency, or any job in the federal government, to use regulatory power to favor of one sector of the economy over another. And what you saw with the past administration is just that — an attitude that says fossil fuel … is something that should be diminished in favor of, what, renewables. That doesn’t mean renewables shouldn’t be a part of our electricity-generation mix. It should be. But to use regulatory power to favor renewables at the expense natural gas, oil and coal is just something that’s not within the regulatory powers of this agency. And so we’re fixing that.”