EPA's head says Carbon dioxide is not the cause of global warming
- Author: Tracy Ferguson Mar 14, 2017,
Mar 14, 2017, 0:20
Pruitt has stacked his staff with like-minded climate change skeptics.
"This is a conclusion based on the comprehensive assessment of scientific evidence". Litigation over the impending EPA dismantlement of the Endangerment Finding (and other aspects of now in-place EPA regulations relating to climate change) will necessarily come to a point on this question: Does Mr. Pruitt have evidence of profound scientific uncertainty regarding the impact of human emissions of carbon dioxide on global warming that he did not have when he presented his case in Coalition for Responsible Regulation?
Scott Pruitt, the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, defied longstanding scientific consensus in an interview this week when he said that neither human activity nor carbon dioxide emissions are the primary cause of global warming.
If we look at President Trump's Cabinet members, it's obvious that the man who heads the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, is the most unsafe one, not just for America, but for the world.
Pruitt's comments on the CNBC program "Squawk Box - that "we need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis" over climate change" - prompted an immediate pushback from many scientists and environment groups.
"We are not familiar with any scientific institution with relevant subject matter expertise that has reached a different conclusion".
"But mischaracterizing the science is not the best starting point for a constructive dialogue", the letter said. Her response to his version of climate change denial?
Pruitt's view is contrary to mainstream climate science, including NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the EPA itself. "I can not imagine what additional information the administrator might want from scientists for him to understand that".
Pruitt previously served as Oklahoma attorney general, where he rose to prominence as a leader in coordinated efforts by Republican attorneys general to challenge former President Obama's regulatory agenda. During that time he had close ties to the Sooner State's oil and gas industry. "When it comes to climate change, the evidence is robust and overwhelmingly clear that the cost of inaction is high".
In December, the League of Conservation Voters launched a petition drive on climate change aimed at President Donald Trump and his children. "We will use the revenues from energy production to rebuild our roads, schools, bridges and public infrastructure".