BALTIMORE — President Donald Trump on Monday slammed the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy as “stupid” for failing, for months, to ban fracking.
Trump, in a tweet posted just before midnight, attacked the Environmental Protect Agency for its failure to regulate the extraction of fossil fuels.
“The Environmental Protection Act was meant to stop this dangerous practice, and failed miserably,” Trump said.
“But now they’re stupid.
The EPA has become a disaster.
The @EPA is the stupidest of idiots.”
Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt is a member of the president’s Cabinet.
Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general, was one of the few Republicans to vote against the Republican bill to repeal the Clean Power Plan.
He told reporters at the White House Monday that he believes the bill does not go far enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the White the administration would have no choice but to go back to the drawing board.
The Clean Power plan, championed by the EPA and backed by many states and businesses, would have forced utilities to curtail use of coal, oil and natural gas and limit the production of the two gases by 2030.
It was backed by Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and other Republican governors and was widely hailed as a way to lower energy costs and reduce greenhouse gases.
But as Trump’s tweets show, Pruitt and his team have a history of stonewalling.
In December, he announced the EPA would not seek a new extension of the rule that would have protected the rights of the public to clean air and water, saying it is a waste of time.
In July, he ordered an investigation into the Obama administration’s decision to reject a request for the Clean Water Act.
And in June, he rejected a request from the American Farm Bureau to delay the expiration of a rule that protects wetlands.
“This EPA is a disaster,” Trump wrote in his tweet.
“This is why I am asking you to stop wasting our time, energy and money.”
The White House did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment.