Scott Pruitt's climate denial is unsafe and 'out of step'
The new head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, says he does not agree Carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming.
In an interview last week, Pruitt said carbon dioxide is not the pollutant it's made out to be. No I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.
"I do not believe climate change is a hoax", Pruitt said. "It is based on multiple independent lines of evidence that have been affirmed by thousands of independent scientists and numerous scientific institutions around the world", the American Meteorological Society wrote in a letter to Pruitt on Monday.
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.
"In reality, the world's seven billion people are causing climate to change and our emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are the primary cause", said the letter, signed by AMS executive director Keith Seitter.
Trump campaigned on a promise to roll back environmental regulations ushered in by former president Barack Obama, including those aimed at combating climate change. Trump's choice of Pruitt, by itself, is clear proof that our President cares only about protecting and enriching his club of billionaires at the expense of the rest of America and the world.
In addition to denying the importance of carbon-dioxide emissions, Pruitt contradicts the official position of the agency he now heads. The wind power industry alone has attracted $140 billion into the USA economy over the past decade, with the biggest beneficiaries being Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota, South Dakota and Mr. Pruitt's home state, Oklahoma, which all generated at least 20 percent of their energy with wind previous year. But notably, while serving as Oklahoma's attorney general, he unsuccessfully raised the same challenge in federal court, where evidence in support of a claim is required.
"The mask is off".
Those Roman Catholic theologians who condemned Galileo Galilei to a life sentence of house arrest for adding his voice to say the earth revolves around the sun were the Scott Pruitts of 1633.
The new EPA chief said he was committed to ensuring thorough processes for environmental rules and regulations to reduce "regulatory uncertainty".
Finally, Pruitt calls the worldwide agreement to take actions that will mitigate climate change a "bad deal".