What would happen if the surgeon general denied that smoking causes cancer? That’s the kind of uproar sparked by EPA administrator Scott Pruitt’s recent comments about carbon pollution and climate change. In an interview on CNBC, he said that carbon dioxide emitted by human activity is not the key cause of climate change: “I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.” Pruitt’s denial of the overwhelming scientific consensus contradicts his own agency, which says on its website that human-emitted CO2 “is the primary greenhouse gas that is contributing to recent climate change.”
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EPA's Pruitt Outs Himself as Climate Denier
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.
Scott Pruitt Wants to Take Us Back to the ’50s
ExplainerUnited StatesBrian Palmer
The incoming head of the EPA believes states should be in charge of their own environmental regulations. Been there, done that, got the oil-soaked T-shirt.