Sierra Club Responds To Scott Pruitt's Carbon Emission Comments About Climate Change

"As members of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, we are writing to express our great concern about reports that the Environmental Protection Agency's Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget might include drastic cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative program, which enjoys bipartisan and bicameral support", the senators said in their letter.

The group's lawyers said Pruitt's comments contradicted a "comprehensive review" of research on climate change.

The Sierra Club asked the independent watchdog in a letter Wednesday to check whether the former Oklahoma attorney general violated the EPA's 2012 Scientific Integrity Policy when he told a reporter emissions were not a "primary contributor" to so-called man-made global warming. Pruitt is nothing more than a puppet for the fossil fuel industry. "That debate should be encouraged as the Administrator has done, not discouraged as Sierra Club is attempting to do". Ninety-seven percent of actively publishing climate scientists agree that warming trends over the past century as "extremely likely due to human activities", according to NASA.

Yet, he has consistently argued there is ongoing scientific debate about the extent to which man-made greenhouse gas emissions impact the climate.

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

The request ramps up tension between the USA environmental movement and the administration of President Donald Trump, who has called global warming a hoax meant to weaken the US economy and has packed his Cabinet with people who question the science of climate change. "The Scientific Integrity Policy aims not only to protect sound decision-making, but also to engender public trust in the Agency".

The Sierra Club said Pruitt violated the EPA's policy that employees must "conduct, utilize, and communicate science with honesty, integrity, and transparency".