By Valerie Volcovici and Timothy Gardner
U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump will pick an ardent opponent of President Barack Obama’s measures to stem climate change to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a Trump transition team source said on Wednesday.
Trump’s choice, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has enraged environmental activists, but he fits with the Republican president-elect’s promise to cut the agency back and eliminate regulation that he says is stifling oil and gas drilling.
Pruitt became the top prosecutor for Oklahoma, which has extensive oil reserves, in 2011, and has challenged the EPA multiple times since, including in a pending lawsuit to throw out the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The plan is the centerpiece of Obama’s climate change strategy and requires states to curb carbon output.
In an interview with Reuters in September, Pruitt said he sees the…