For Immediate Release:
January 10, 2016
Contact: Ted Bordelon
314 Action Founder Slams EPA Pick Scott Pruitt for Backing by Energy Executives and a Secretive Nonprofit
(Washington, D.C.) -- In the wake of revelations that a new group, Protecting America Now, would coordinate fundraising to push through Scott Pruitt as EPA head, and that two political action committees (among others) backing or run by Pruitt have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from dirty energy companies, Board President of 314 Action, Shaughnessy Naughton, released the following statement:
“The fact that dirty energy companies and their executives are pouring this kind of money into this effort should speak volumes about the kind of EPA chief Mr. Pruitt will be,” said Naughton.“It’s clear that Pruitt is exactly the sort of insider that the oil and gas industries want to head the EPA. The idea that he will be beholden to the American people rather than these deep-pocketed donors is a joke, and speaks to the reason we are so opposed to his nomination.”
Last month, 314 Action’s letter to President Elect Trump and his Transition Team, calling on Mr. Trump to listen to scientists on the issue of climate changereceived the signatures of over 4,500 scientists and grassroots activists.
314 Action is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) that was founded by members of the STEM community, grassroots supporters and political activists. Despite being a recently formed organization, 314 Action has over 75,000 active members and donors across the United States. 314 Action is concerned that STEM education in the United States is falling further and further behind the rest of the world, that our political leaders continue to deny scientific facts and that Congress fails to fully fund scientific research so we can solve pressing environmental issues like climate change and social problems like gun violence. For more information, visit 314action.org