The Senate could vote this week on Wheeler's nomination.
"Andrew Wheeler has been instrumental in advancing the most regressive environmental proposals of the Trump Administration -weakening public health protections against dirty cars, heat-trapping methane, toxic mercury, pollution from coal plants, and so much more", Moms Clean Air Force, a civil society group combating air pollution. Wheeler has held the post of acting EPA administrator since July 9, 2018, following Scott Pruitt's resignation earlier that month. The next day, David Bernhardt, a former oil lobbyist and No. 2 at the Department of the Interior, became acting secretary when Ryan Zinke resigned amid mounting ethics investigations.
But Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., said Wheeler was failing to protect the environment and human health and was "nominated to unravel and undo the environmental protections that are now in place".
Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., chairman of the Senate environment committee, called Wheeler "uniquely qualified" to lead EPA and said that under Wheeler the agency is putting forward proposals that "both protect our environment and allow the country's economy to flourish".
"These efforts are of great importance to the state of ME, which is located at the end of our nation's "air pollution tailpipe" and is on the receiving end of pollution generated by coal-fired power plants in other states", she said.
And Karen Harbert, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Energy Institute, said Wheeler's "extensive experience" had prepared him to serve as the nation's top environmental official.
Democrats used the vote as an opportunity to call for greater action on climate change, with more than six senators speaking to a almost empty chamber about why the federal government should press for steeper cuts in greenhouse gas emissions.
ACE calls on Wheeler to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard as the law of the land.
"During his time as acting administrator, Andrew Wheeler has been seen as a thoughtful leader who understands the need for sensible environmental policies", said Michelle Bloodworth, the group's president and CEO.
The planet has already warmed more than 1 degree C (1.8 degrees F) above pre-industrial levels. The previous administrator granted an unprecedented number of refinery exemptions under the RFS, destroying demand for billions of gallons of USA ethanol.
In December, Wheeler delivered another two victories to the coal industry that, until mid-2017, had paid him to lobby the government.
"Through our deregulatory actions, the Trump administration has proven that burdensome federal regulations are not necessary to drive environmental progress", Wheeler said at the time. He capped off the month by announcing plans to relax a rule restricting how much mercury and other risky pollutants coal-fired plants can release into the air.
America's Power, a trade group that represents coal producers, applauded Wheeler's confirmation.
South Korea's exports contracted at their steepest pace in almost three years in February as demand from China cooled further. A Reuters poll showed analysts expect global fuel demand to slow this year amid a broad economic slowdown.
Estimates from Benchmark analyst Daniel Kurnos peg 2018's number at almost $10 billion more, jumping to $43.3 billion in 2019. But the real benefits may be for Amazon, as grouping items into fewer shipments is cheaper and easier for the company.
Ajay Devgn, Madhuri Dixit, Esha Gupta, Anil Kapoor's film continues to hold fort at the box office in its second week. This is the best ever opening for Kartik, whose last film Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety had opened at Rs 6.42 crore.
Trump said the deal is emblematic of socialism, adding that socialism is "not about the environment and not about justice". As President Trump wound down his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), people began to leave.
We know that Brexit - an ideological project conceived on the fields of Eton and Harrow - will make those things worse. Should the EU-27 unanimously grant this request, a key question is how long this extension would be for.
Heavier stuff should hold off until late day or evening, when temperatures aloft have warmed, but the question is how much. As our typical (average) highs climb into the 40's, it seems Mother Nature has no plans for a spring preview anytime soon.
Trump's Full Speech at CPAC 2019
Video of the incident shows Williams and another man struggling before the man punches Williams in the face, knocking his hat off. If universities do not comply "it will be very costly", he said.
Klopp on dropping star, Firmino update
A win against Everton at Goodison is really important for us in our title challenge. "We all know my celebration". Last weekend, Klopp described the tie as like a "World Cup final" for Everton.
UFC 235: Preview and Predictions
This should be a high paced fight between two well-matched fighters. "I am not going to allow anything to hurt me any more". Brock Lesnar may have a 4-3 record in UFC , but the mark he left on the sport was far greater than a win-loss tally.
Amazon reportedly planning a new grocery store chain
In a December report, analysts at Cowen said they expected Amazon's grocery presence to boom over the next few years. It's not yet clear whether the new chain will include Amazon's name or branding, the Journal said.