But now, EPA has scrapped the legal argument of its own lawyers, dismissing the expertise of the Justice Department
just as it has dismissed the expertise of government scientists. And it has substituted the Department of Justice's legal analysis with--can you guess?--the legal analysis of none other than Scott Pruitt
, back when he was the Oklahoma Attorney general actively suing the EPA over this very rule. As a litigant in the case, Scott Pruitt
and other attorneys argued that EPA could not go beyond the fenceline. The EPA decision today is lifted from the brief that Pruitt and his allies in the fossil fuel industry filed. So, in a span of a year and half, Scott Pruitt
has participated in this important legal dispute over the Clean Power Plan first as a lawyer on one side, then as judge and jury at the EPA, and now as the plan's executioner. Do the words "conflict of interest" mean nothing to this administration?