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Scott Pruitt: After the high life, a job hunt

Washington Post:

In November, Pruitt met in Washington with staff from the Edison Electric Institute, the utility industry’s largest trade group -and an organization he’d met with less than a month after being sworn in, EPA records show. EEI declined to comment.

Mitchell said the meetings were unrelated to Pruitt’s career.

Craft, a major Trump donor, began talking to Pruitt a few months ago about possible opportunities for the former administrator. He eventually retained Pruitt, according to two associates, to consult on overseas sales – an important market as the number of U.S. coal-fired power plants continues to shrink.

“Joe Craft has been a personal friend for many years, predating Scott’s tenure as EPA Administrator,” Mitchell said. “To suggest or infer anything to the contrary is false.”

While coal is no longer king in the U.S., overseas the top 16 markets increased their U.S. coal imports by 13.2 percent during the third quarter of 2018 compared to the same period a year earlier, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence.

“It’s an increased demand for now, and the prices are high, so it’s a good market – for now,” said Tom Sanzillo, finance director at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. He added that Craft’s company had outperformed its competitors this year, boosting its coal output by 6 percent while national production had dipped by 5 percent.

Alliance Resource Partners did not respond to multiple requests for comment, but told the Post in September that any work Pruitt did for Craft would be in a “personal” capacity rather than as a firm employee.

Scott Pruitt: After the high life, a job hunt

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