Call Of The Day: Demand Scott Pruitt Resign As Environmental Protection Agency Administration

Scott Pruitt, the climate change-denying Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has repeatedly demonstrated that he cannot be trusted with management of the EPA or taxpayer dollars.  In his first year at the EPA, Pruitt spent more than $163,000 in taxpayer dollars on first class and military travel and ordered the construction of a $25,000 soundproof booth in his office.  It was also recently revealed that Pruitt is renting a condo owned by DC energy lobbyists at a steeply discounted rate, raising red flags about conflicts of interest with Pruitt’s EPA work.

Pruitt’s extensive history of prioritizing industry interests over environmental protection has led him to advocate for harmful, counter-intuitive EPA policies.  On March 29, Pruitt submitted a plan to the White House to substantially roll back standards for auto emissions and fuel economy established by President Obama.  As even automotive industry representatives have noted, this decision will not only exacerbate climate change but also endanger the American auto industry by bucking the global trend towards developing greener vehicles.

Scott Pruitt’s squandering of taxpayer dollars, inappropriate ties with industry lobbyists, and dangerously incompetent policy-making disqualify him from his role as the head of the EPA.  The EPA’s role is to protect human health and the environment, and Scott Pruitt has demonstrated that he has no interest in defending either.

Who To Call:  Senators Kennedy and Cassidy, Representative Richmond or Scalise.

Senator Bill Cassidy: DC Office: 202-224-5824; Metairie office: 504-838-0130; Monroe: 318-324-2111; Lake Charles 337-493-5398; Alexandria: 318-448-7176
 
Senator John Kennedy: DC office: 202-224-4623; New Orleans: 504-581-6190; Lafayette: (337) 269-5980; Monroe: (318) 361-1489; Alexandria: (318) 445-2892; Baton Rouge: (225) 926-8033; Shreveport: (318) 670-5192

Because of how Congressional districts are drawn, New Orleans residents have either Richmond or Scalise as their representative.  If you don't know who your representative is, you can look it up by entering your home address on the U.S. House of Representatives website.

Representative Cedric Richmond - in DC at (202) 225-6636, and in New Orleans at (504) 288-3777
OR
Representative Steve Scalise - in DC at (202) 225-3015, and in Metairie at (504) 837-1259

SAMPLE SCRIPT:

Hi, my name is [Your Name] and I’m an active voter from New Orleans, ZIP Code 70118 [or wherever you're from].  

I urge the [representative|senator] to call for Scott Pruitt's resignation as EPA Administrator.  His inappropriate conflicts of interest with industry lobbyists, use of taxpayer dollars to fund first class flights, and irresponsible policy-making are a danger to human health and the environment, and he cannot be trusted to run the EPA.

Thank you for your hard work answering the phones.

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied]

This call is adapted from 5calls.org.