Monday, January 23, 2017, 6:15 -As U.S. President Barack Obama bids a formal farewell to The White House, scientists and environmentalists question what the next four years will mean for environmental policy and climate change progress. The apprehension lies on a handful of factors leading up to President Donald Trump’s inauguration – most notable, arguably, is his choice of Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Pruitt, previously Attorney General of Oklahoma (one of the U.S.’s largest oil and natural gas producers), comes from a background mired in ties to the fossil fuel industry. It’s also Trump’s publicly shared stance on climate change that caused stir within the scientific community — one that alludes to years of research as null and void.
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