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Here Is Why Keith Ellison’s Community Forum To Save The EPA Is Pointless

Scott Pruitt has received praise from Minnesota’s Democratic Governor and The Star Tribune for his work.

Democratic National Committee vice chair Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) is holding a community forum to save the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Minnesota on Tuesday. It’s a curious move, given that the EPA has received bipartisan praise for its work in Minnesota under the leadership of Administrator Scott Pruitt.

“Come and join Congressman Ellison along with environmental advocates, scientists, and musicians to learn about Trump’s plan for the EPA and how we’re fighting back in Congress,” is how Ellison’s Tuesday night forum is billed.

Ellison’s attacks on the EPA, and specifically its work in Minnesota, are strange given that Pruitt has received praise in the state of Minnesota for his support of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Additionally, Minnesota’s Democratic Governor Mark Dayton has praised Pruitt for working to eliminate the federal government’s red tape.

“Gov. Mark Dayton described a meeting Wednesday with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt as ‘productive and cordial’ and said he’s hopeful the Trump administration will eliminate some of the federal government red tape dealt to state agencies,” Minnesota Public Radio wrote in July.

During a visit to Minnesota in July, Pruitt “affirmed his support for federal funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.”

According to The Star Tribune, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative “provides landmark protections for Lakes Huron, Erie, Michigan, Ontario and, most treasured by Minnesotans, Superior.”

The Star Tribune’s editorial board, which is a traditionally liberal-leaning paper, praised Pruitt for his support for the Great Lakes restoration project.

“Last month, Governor Dayton praised EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt for working to eliminate federal bureaucracy to state agencies, and The Star Tribuneapplauded Pruitt’s efforts to protect the Great Lakes. Administrator Pruitt is committed to protecting Minnesota’s environment and provide Americans with regulatory certainty,” an EPA spokesman said in a statement.