United States group Sierra Club seeks probe of EPA's Pruitt over Carbon dioxide comments

From the Climate Literacy Guide (which is "for learners of all ages"), Pruitt could read that "burning fossil fuels, releasing chemicals into the atmosphere, reducing the amount of forest cover, and rapid expansion of farming, development, and industrial activities are releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and changing the balance of the climate system".

"It's pretty unprecedented to have the head of the EPA contradicting basic scientific facts", Sierra Club Senior Attorney Elena Saxonhouse told Reuters on Wednesday.

"Administrator Pruitt's comments are perfectly in keeping with the scientific integrity policy", John Konkus, an EPA spokesman, said in an email.

In a CNBC interview last week, Pruitt said he "would not agree that [carbon dioxide is] a primary contributor to the global warming that we see", something that does not align with the EPA's own previous findings, nor the overwhelming scientific consensus regarding the matter. "There is an ongoing scientific debate on climate change, its causes and its effect".

"Human-induced climate change is projected to continue, and it will accelerate significantly if emissions of heat-trapping gases continue to increase", the U.S. National Climate Assessment states.

About API API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S.jobs and 8 percent of the USA economy. Emails released on February 22 by an Oklahoma Court showed Pruitt also used language provided by an energy company in one of his challenges of the EPA over methane emissions regulations.

What conflict of interest policies, procedures, and laws exist to ensure Pruitt and all other current political appointees do not have conflicts of interest with their positions at EPA or with EPA enforcement actions?

"It shouldn't just be a piece of paper or some words on a website". I thought the regulations were meant to protect our environment.

  • Todd Kelly