President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt, a man who has spent a lot of time fighting climate change-mitigating regulations, to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Al Gore got trolled hard.

Where President Obama's climate change policies have been primarily aimed at getting power plants to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, Pruitt has long pushed for those regulations to get overturned. He is an outspoken ally of the fossil fuel industry and as Oklahoma's attorney general has repeatedly sued the EPA over protective policies, including regulations placed on the state's coal-fired plants and on water regulations. In addition to fighting legal battles over limits placed on oil and gas companies, Pruitt actually worked with energy lobbyists to push the EPA and other federal offices and departments to ease regulations.

Trump, notably, does not seem very concerned with the effects of climate change. He has publicly claimed global warming is a hoax made up by China, and if it's not, he's wealthy enough to send himself and his favorite gold-plated chair to Mars. Indeed, though it would be difficult for him to completely annihilate environmental regulations tied to the Clean Air Act of 1970, the Times points out that an anti-climate protection pick like Pruitt can help him weaken those policies.

And it certainly seems like that's something Pruitt wants to do. In an interview with the Washington Post in September, Pruitt argued that the EPA was overreaching in a way that was "entirely inconsistent with its constitutional and statutory authority," and justifying it with climate change. "They tend to have this approach that the end justifies the means …They tend to justify it by saying this big issue, this is an important issue," he said.

Indeed, climate change is a big and important issue, and though Pruitt claims Congress, and not the EPA, should have authority over climate regulation, something tells me that won't go too well either.

Environmental protection advocates are, unsurprisingly, pretty upset about this pick. "Having Scott Pruitt in charge of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is like putting an arsonist in charge of fighting fires," Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club, said in a statement. "He is a climate science denier who, as Attorney General for the state of Oklahoma, regularly conspired with the fossil fuel industry to attack EPA regulations."

Senator Bernie Sanders, who is president in a glorious alternate dimension we weren't cool enough to get invited to, pledged to fight the appointment:

Anyway, for those keeping score at home, we have a man tasked with protecting the environment who claims it shouldn't be protected, just as we have a Secretary of Education who thinks public school shouldn't exist, a head of Housing and Urban Development who thinks poor people are lazy, and a future president who thinks Americans should lose their citizenship for exercising their First Amendment rights. Perhaps Trump's plan to Make America Great Again is just to erase it.