Until today, Trump’s new head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has been very careful about how he talks about climate science, never explicitly denying that humans cause climate change but rather claiming that the debate is “far from settled” (false) reports Emily Atkin.
“In his confirmation hearing, Pruitt said his ‘personal opinion’ on climate change ‘is immaterial to the job’ of being EPA administrator,” notes Atkin.
On Thursday morning, however, in a CNBC interview, Pruitt just went ahead and said it: “I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact,” adding, “So no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.”
Since the 1980s, every administration, including Republican administrations, says Lurie, and the head of the EPA has accepted the scientific truth that our planet is warming because of an increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, caused by fossil fuel emissions, i.e., human activity.
So despite his protestations to the contrary, Pruitt’s personal opinion—as well as his close ties to big oil and gas—is indeed relevant to his job, i.e., protecting public health and the environment.