Pruitt wrong about climate change

Pruitt wrong about climate change

The Sierra Club is calling for an investigation into whether the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) violated his agency's policies with his comments on climate change.

As the head of the agency created to protect the USA environment, something deeply threatened by climate change, Pruitt received swift backlash from the scientific and environmental communities for his initial comments. It asked the office to "remedy this violation", but did not specify an action it seeks. Mark Pocan (Wis.), and Jan Schakowsky (Ill.) sent to Pruitt a brief letter as well as a copy of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's Climate Literacy Guide, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis report, and highlights from the latest U.S. National Climate Assessment. The EPA administrator was asked whether he believed it was proven that carbon dioxide is the "primary control knob for climate change".

The Center's February 28 request seeks Pruitt's correspondence on EPA and any other accounts that address only work-related matters, all of which must be made public under the law.

This statement contradicts volumes of scientific evidence, which show that climate change is both real and primarily caused by human activity.

Speaking last week to the network's "Squawk Box", Pruitt sparked the ire of climate groups-and contradicted his own statements to the U.S. Senate-when he said, "I would not agree that [carbon dioxide] is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see". "Nor do we know the extent by which the burning of fossil fuels, man's contribution to that, is making this far worse than it is".

This is not a philosophical debate about regulations or "deconstructing government", but about our health, our safety and the world we're going to leave to our children.

The Washington Post, for one, wrote last week that "Scientists can not say exactly how much warming will occur after a given amount of carbon dioxide is pumped into the atmosphere - and probably will not be able to until after the warming has occurred".