In this photo taken on June 1, 2017, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, speaks after US President Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Accords in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC.
He's a former coal industry lobbyist who fought government regulations.
The two men also commiserated about the "deep state", along with current and former aides, conspiring against them. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, who rejects mainstream climate science.
At the same time, it's hard to imagine that anyone could possibly be worse than Pruitt, so let's take a moment to celebrate this victory, and then prepare ourselves to keep fighting on behalf of the environment.
In recent weeks, top aides and EPA staffers resigned, as Congress continued to probe Pruitt's apparent misdealings. Through attrition, Pruitt and Trump aimed to cut EPA staff in half by 2021.
"He came to me and he said, 'I have such great confidence in the administration. He'll go and do great things and have a wonderful life, I hope".
"It is extremely hard for me to cease serving you in this role", Pruitt's letter to President Trump reads.
His letter also cited "unrelenting attacks" against him and his family as the reason Pruitt chose to resign. In his announcement of his departure on Twitter, Trump said, "Within the Agency Scott has done an outstanding job". Some of the ethics accusations involved jobs for Pruitt's wife.
Pruitt, a former Oklahoma attorney general, is often aligned with the oil and gas industry, while Wheeler has focused more on coal since becoming a lobbyist a decade ago. Those groups quickly applauded his departure.
Many of those scandals led to investigations.
As uncomfortable as it makes Republican leadership, climate change must be faced. The president cheered his EPA chief's moves to boost fossil fuel production and roll back regulations opposed by corporate interests.
Travel records showed the U.S. government spent $17,000 in taxpayer money on a December trip to Morocco to promote United States exports of liquefied natural gas, which is not part of the EPA's jurisdiction.
Her post and video has been viewed over half a million times. Trump designated 24 Cabinet-level offices, and no president in the last 40 years has had as much turnover in those positions as quickly as Trump has. Reports also show Pruitt rented a condo linked to energy lobbyists for just $50 a day and enlisted aides to do special favors, such as contacting the CEO of Chick-fil-A to help Pruitt's wife open a franchise of the restaurant.
The EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Adirondack Council, an environmental advocacy group based in Elizabethtown, has been outspoken in its criticism of Pruitt and also celebrated his resignation.
Barrasso will manage the confirmation hearing for Pruitt's successor, as long as Trump nominates a replacement before the end of the year.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said "good riddance" to Pruitt.
Yet every action related to climate change that Pruitt's EPA initiated appeared premised on the pretense that it doesn't exist.
"We see Mr. Wheeler as fitting a very typical pattern of behavior", said Chris Saeger, of the Western Values Project.