>> The Environmental Protection Agency is America's watchdog, tasked with protecting, well, the environment. So, who better to keep it safe than a couple of oil, gas, and coal lobbyists? Sources tell Reuters' correspondent Valerie Volcovici, they're on the short list to run the EPA.>> One of these names is Jeff Holmstead.
Mike Catanzaro is another person who is heading up the transition efforts. He's also done lobbying for energy companies including Devon Energy, Koch Industries, Halliburton.>> Both men have experience in both the Bush administration, and lobbying on behalf of energy companies. A third potential candidate is Robert Grady, who served inside the first Bush administration at the Office of Management and Budget.
And all are expected to make deep cuts within the agency.>> I think people there are expecting that they will see cuts in both staff and budget.>> In fact, no agency maybe more under the knife, as the incoming administration aims to cut regulations in a bid to promote energy jobs.
Trump have even appointed a climate change sceptic, in Myron Ebell, to instruct much of the EPA's transition. That means whomever is chosen to lead the agency, lawsuits will likely ensue, as officials try to rollback much of Obama's environmental policy. That may also be why Trump is now looking for help from inside the beltway, rather than from political outsiders.
>> It's actually more experienced people that they'll actually want doing the work. Because it will involve years of legal battles, and public stakeholder processes, and complicated negotiations with states, to actually do the job.