In a TV appearance on Fox News, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt got grilled about his comments last month that carbon dioxide is not the primary contributor to climate change. In an attempt to soft-pedal his previous remarks, he said, “There’s a warming trend, the climate is changing, and human activity contributes to that change in some measure. The real issue is how much we contribute to it and measuring that within precision.” That rhetoric belies the reality of the overwhelming scientific consensus that carbon pollution generated by the burning of fossil fuels is the major driver of global climate change. Moreover, if “measuring” climate impacts is “the real issue,” why is his own agency proposing to zero out funding for climate change research? Not to mention, Trump’s budget czar recently decreed that federal efforts to combat the climate crisis are a waste of money.
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WASHINGTON -- Scott Pruitt, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, today made a flat-out untrue statement, claiming that carbon dioxide generated by human activity is not the primary cause of climate change.