Scott Pruitt, the fossil industry-supported head of the EPA, doesn’t believe that carbon emissions play any role in climate change.
“I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do,” he said in a recent interview, “and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact [of CO2 emissions], so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.”
Here's why Scott Pruitt should be nowhere near the EPA. pic.twitter.com/AKEfUZ6x2h
— SeriouslyUS? (@USseriously) March 9, 2017
Pruitt himself has been a denier of climate change for a long time. As the former Attorney General for the state of Oklahoma, Pruitt sued the Obama administration 13 times against regulations that involved protecting the environment.
But in his Senate testimony during confirmation hearings to become the EPA secretary, Pruitt apparently tempered back his beliefs. In his questionnaire submitted to committee, he wrote, “If confirmed, I will work to ensure that any regulatory actions are based on the most up to date and objective scientific data, including the ever-evolving understanding of the impact increasing greenhouse gases have on our changing climate. … I also believe the Administrator has an important role when it comes to the regulation of carbon dioxide.”
As a result of Pruitt’s changing tune on climate change and carbon emissions, the Sierra Club has called for his resignation from the EPA for providing misleading testimony to Congress.
Sierra Club wants Scott Pruitt removed as EPA administrator b/c he "misled Congress" on his position on climate change pic.twitter.com/XtVqESLXVa
— Emily Atkin (@emorwee) March 9, 2017
It’s worth noting that there is a consensus of roughly 97 percent of climatologists, meteorologists, and earth scientists who believe that climate change is real, that carbon dioxide is a primary contributor, and that human activity plays a leading role in accelerating climate change.
Chris Walker has been writing about political issues for the past decade, including for sites such as Elite Daily, AMERICAblog, and Mic. You can follow him on Twitter @thatchriswalker.