On “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” the host checks in on acting Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler, a man Politico recently said “should scare anyone who breathes.” Meyers compares Wheeler with his scandal-plagued predecessor, finding that while Wheeler is light on scandals, he’s also light on regulations. How the EPA head’s past work in the coal industry is affecting his decision-making is becoming clearer by the day, according to Meyers. But it isn’t just Wheeler’s approach to coal that should worry Americans as he helms the government agency meant to protect our increasingly fragile environment.

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— Posted by Natasha Hakimi Zapata

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