Angry callers force Scott Pruitt to create impromptu call center

  • Angry callers force Scott Pruitt to create impromptu call center

Angry callers force Scott Pruitt to create impromptu call center

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's phones have been ringing off the hook - literally - since he questioned the link between human activity and climate change.

What Scott Pruitt, the EPA chief, actually said was that he "would not agree that (carbon dioxide) is a prime contributor to global warming".

"Administrator Pruitt is correct, the Congress has never explicitly given the EPA the authority to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant and the committee has no plans to do so", said Mike Danylak, spokesman for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the panel that oversees the EPA. Whether the policies change fundamentally to reflect the new change in rhetorical direction have yet to be determined. Pruitt has stacked his staff with like-minded climate change skeptics. Just look at the Climate Leadership Council, a group of prominent Republicans, including former USA secretaries of State and Treasury, who are pushing a proposal to put a price on carbon in exchange for reducing other regulations.

"But we don't know that yet".

"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", he told CNBC.

Pruitt has previously cast doubt on the extensive body of scientific evidence showing that the planet is warming and man-made carbon emissions are to blame.

"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", writes Keith Seitter, the AMS's executive director. The petitioners presented their scientific evidence in support of that contention.

"We are not familiar with any scientific institution with relevant subject matter expertise that has reached a different conclusion".

There is no mystery about why the "President of the Swamp", Donald Trump, chose Pruitt to lead such a vital agency. "Preventing the greatest consequences of climate change is imperative to the health and well-being of all of us who call Earth home..." "I can not imagine what additional information the administrator might want from scientists for him to understand that".

As Oklahoma's attorney general, Pruitt and another dozen attorney generals unsuccessfully challenged the endangerment finding in a federal appeals court.

CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King introduced a report on the controversy by fretting: "President Trump's EPA administrator, who sued the agency repeatedly in his former job, has touched off a fierce new argument over climate change".