Pruitt Flings Open EPA Doors to Anti-Science Conservative Ideologues

10 March, 2017, 00:45 | Author: Rachel Hardy
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Many observers were surprised to hear the head of the EPA express these doubts, given that extensive debate and analysis has led the scientific community to agree, by very large margins, that carbon dioxide emitted by human activity is the primary cause of global climate change. These greenhouse gas emissions have increased the greenhouse effect and caused Earth's surface temperature to rise. The consensus message from many national and worldwide assessments of the science is pretty simple: "Natural factors can't explain the size or patterns of observed warming", he said in a statement to Climate Nexus, a communications firm that focuses on climate change and clean energy.

More detailed information about the link between carbon dioxide and climate change was provided by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change in a 28-page summary for the world's policymakers.

As the top law enforcement officer of Oklahoma, a state with vast oil and natural gas reserves, Pruitt, 48, sued the EPA numerous times regarding limits on carbon emissions. He's also said he doesn't believe humans are the primary cause of climate change and once expressed doubt that mercury pollution is unsafe. More likely, he'll simply say and do anything necessary to promote the corporate interests and enable the profits of the oil and gas industry.

"Anyone concerned about the future of our planet should be resisting the pro-polluter Trump/Pruitt agenda at every turn".

"Deeper soil layers contain a lot of carbon", says study author Margaret Torn, a scientist at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in a press release.

Hawaiian Senator Brain Schatz called Pruitt "nuts".

"Humans are largely responsible for recent climate change", says the page, most recently updated on January 17, three days before President Donald Trump was inaugurated. However, his official position remains that humanity's impact on our warming planet is "subject to continuing debate".

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Pruitt was sworn in as EPA head on February 17.

Pruitt spoke with CNBC even as there is growing anticipation that the Trump administration will soon move to begin a rollback of President Obama's Clean Power Plan, and EPA policy capping emissions from electricity generating stations, such as coal plants.

Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas that is contributing to recent climate change. The lawsuit MA v. EPA was a landmark 2007 case in which 12 states sued the George W. Bush-era EPA for failing to regulate carbon dioxide emissions.

"This is like your doctor telling you that cigarettes don't cause cancer", Jamie Henn, strategic communications director for, said in a statement.

Pruitt's statements show again that there will be no pivot. "He knows Carbon dioxide is the leading cause of climate change, but is misleading the public in order to protect the fossil fuel industry".

Environmental groups pounced following Pruitt's comments.


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