Inexplicable climate change denying EPA chief has drawn scrutiny because of his email use. Specifically his lack of official email communication outside the agency since taking office. A new examination of Pruitt’s government email accounts was only able to find one email written to anyone outside the Environmental Protective Agency during his first 10 months in office.
The EPA says Mr. Pruitt prefers to hold discussions in person or over the phone, which could explain a sparse electronic trail for his external communications. Pruitt’s critics remain, however, especially in light of all the steps the agency has taken to conceal Pruitt’s activities, from refusing to release his calendars to… installing a $43,000 soundproof booth in his office.
Watchdog groups said it seems implausible that someone who meets frequently with political and industry allies as does Pruitt, would have sent only one email to anybody outside EPA.
American Oversight has expressed doubts that EPA has reviewed all of Pruitt’s communications, which is required by law. Of course, government officials may legally use private email accounts, but agencies are supposed to search those accounts when fulfilling public records requests such as the FOIA (freedom of Information Act) request filed for Mr. Pruitt’s activity.
Per POLITICO: “The emails, if they exist, could show what these people want and then those emails could be compared to what the EPA does,” said Melanie Sloan, a senior adviser at the watchdog group American Oversight. “Americans should know what the EPA is doing, why it’s doing it and who’s influencing those decisions.”