For Immediate Release:
December 7, 2016

Contact: Ted Bordelon
(267) 469-7048

314 Action Releases Statement on President Elect Trump’s Nomination of Scott Pruitt to EPA Administrator

(Washington, D.C.) -- After it was announced Donald Trump would nominate former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the new EPA Administrator, Board President of 314 Action, Shaughnessy Naughton, released the following statement:

“Putting Attorney General Pruitt in charge of the EPA is like giving the keys to the henhouse to a self-proclaimed wolf,” said Naughton, citing an article from the New York Times in which Pruitt engaged in a “secretive alliance” with energy lobbyists. “314 Action is committed to giving scientists and those who have devoted their lives to studying the environment a voice in the halls of power. Pruitt’s actions as Oklahoma’s Attorney General already show that he is not interested in transparency when it comes to protecting the energy lobby.”

Pruitt’s nomination comes on the heels of 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 change. To date, the letter has received the signatures of over 3,900 scientists and grassroots activists.

“The people informing Mr. Trump’s decisions on the pressing issue of climate change should be those who have studied the issue,” said Naughton. “Our goal is to help both Mr. Trump and the Transition Team make decisions that are grounded in fact and reason.”


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