Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt claimed carbon dioxide wasn’t the main cause of climate change, The Hill reports.
Pruitt is best known for repeatedly suing the EPA to prevent its regulations as Oklahoma Attorney General, and trying to hide emails he exchanged with anti-regulatory interests like the oil industry.
“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. So no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” Scott Pruitt said on CNBC this morning, before he’s set to speak to an oil industry conference in Houston.
“But we don’t know that yet … we need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis,” Pruitt continued.
In 2009 the EPA found that greenhouse gas emissions “threaten the public health and welfare of current and future generations.”
Pruitt’s comments also go against a consensus among environmental researchers who believe carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which stem from fossil fuels and human activity are the main source behind climate change.
Pruitt called climate change real during his confirmation hearings. He said humans contribute to it but said their impact is up for debate.
Environmentalists have called him a “climate denier” for his refusal to acknowledge human activity as the main source of global warming.
Trump and Pruitt want to undo all of Obama’s major climate regulations. One way they might do so is by disputing the EPA’s 2009 findings on the impact of human activity and climate change, which the Obama administration used to empower the EPA to regulate emissions. One of Pruitt’s lawsuits against the EPA failed to overturn that decision.
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