If that comes to pass, any state leader looking to the EPA for robust rule-making in the years ahead, or getting angry or frustrated when such guidance is not forthcoming, would be like a high school football crowd booing the kid on the sidelines with two broken legs for not being a more effective tight end. A 2014 investigative report by The New York Times on the cozy relationships between the fossil-fuel industry and a cadre of Republican attorneys general noted that a three-page letter sent by Pruitt to the EPA in October 2011 — accusing the federal government of overestimating the amount of air pollution from natural gas drilling — had been written by lawyers for a major energy company that has been generous to Pruitt’s political efforts. In an amazing coincidence, these letters have on several occasions coincided with state legislative hearings where many of these same state officials have faced heated questions on the Cuomo administration’s initially lackluster response to these water contamination crises. In June, the state Senate’s Republicans failed to take action on the Climate and Community Protection Act, which would have moved Cuomo’s clean-energy goals from the realm of executive agency policy to the province of harder-to-undo state law. Like the reproductive rights portion of the governor’s Women’s Equality Agenda, the Dream Act and numerous campaign finance reforms, it’s a measure that appears unlikely to find favor when the GOP maintains control of the chamber next year.