For Immediate Release:
February 16, 2016
Contact: Ted Bordelon
(267) 469-7048

314 Action Board Members Release Statement Ahead of Senate Vote on Scott Pruitt

(Washington, D.C.) -- Ahead of the final Senate vote on the confirmation of Donald Trump’s pick for EPA chief Scott Pruitt, Board President and Founder of 314 Action, Shaughnessy Naughton, released the following statement:
“The nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA is deeply troubling,” said Naughton. “Pruitt’s mission from his days as AG had been to gut the EPA so his political patrons in the fossil fuel industry could run amok on the environment without consequence. Now that he is about to head the very agency he tried to eliminate should be of great concern to everyone.  314 Action and it’s 90,000 members intend to hold him and his political allies accountable for his actions."
Dr. Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology at Penn State University and member of 314 Action’s Board of Advisors, issued the following statement:
“The nomination of Scott Pruitt is part of a larger, dizzying assault on science at the hands of the Trump Administration,” said Mann. “Mr. Pruitt is the embodiment of the stranglehold the fossil fuel industry has on both the current Administration and on Republican leadership.”
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 90,000 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