Nets Freak Out Over EPA Chief Questioning Climate Change Dogma

Backlash as EPA chief Scott Pruitt questions science of global warming

The new administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, made a name for himself as Oklahoma's attorney general through a series of lawsuits he filed against the very agency he now runs, pushing back against regulations to combat climate change. While details of the proposal raise significant concerns, it nonetheless sends a powerful message about the seriousness of climate change.

"I think that measuring, with precision, human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there is tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact", he said. No I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.

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. He framed his stand as aimed at boosting USA businesses, including the oil and gas drilling and coal mining industries.

"The American Meteorological Society wrote a letter to Pruitt Monday saying he is wrong".

In a letter to Pruitt dated March 13, AMS Executive Director Keith Seitter said the organization is "not familiar with any scientific institution with relevant subject matter expertise that has reached a different conclusion". "Embracing ignorance is not an option", Ben Santer, climate researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, said in a statement. Environmental Protection Agency, the court held that the existence of "some residual uncertainty" does not excuse EPA from performing its congressionally mandated duty of regulating greenhouse gases when the air pollution at issue "may reasonably be anticipated to endanger public health or welfare".

And Pruitt is packing EPA management with fellow fossil fuel industry-friendly staffers.

Pruitt has previously said the EPA should not regulate Carbon dioxide without a law passed by Congress authorizing it to do so.

In addition to denying the importance of carbon-dioxide emissions, Pruitt contradicts the official position of the agency he now heads.

When asked at his confirmation hearing in January whether he would uphold the EPA endangerment finding, Pruitt said it was the "law of the land" and he was obliged to uphold it for now.

Well, it turns out that Pruitt has withheld emails and was forced to turn them over last week.

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.

"The mask is off".

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 risky one, not just for America, but for the world.

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