Fracking pioneer Harold Hamm on Thursday said Donald Trump couldn't have picked a better person to lead the Environmental Protection Agency than Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt.
But that endorsement will do little to ease concerns among environmentalists and Democrats concerned about Pruitt's climate change denial and close ties to the energy industry.
Hamm, the CEO and chairman of Oklahoma City–based driller Continental Resources, is a longtime ally to Pruitt. He chaired the attorney general's re-election campaign in 2013. The following year, Pruitt teamed with the Domestic Energy Producers Alliance — which Hamm chairs — to sue the federal government over its plans to determine the listing status of 251 animal species.