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Scott Pruitt, EPA Chief, Doubts Carbon Dioxide's Role In Climate Change

Scott Pruitt, EPA Chief, Doubts Carbon Dioxide's Role In Climate Change

Mr Pruitt instead insisted that officials needed "to continue the debate" on the issue. Elsewhere, it notes, "Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas that is contributing to recent climate change". "The primary human activity affecting the amount and rate of climate change is greenhouse gas emissions from the burning of fossil fuels", the site reads.

The past three years in a row have broken modern records for global heat, a trend scientists say is due to global warming in combination with a strong El Nino weather pattern.

For instance, writing for National Review in 2016, he stated that "Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind".

The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has found that increased carbon dioxide has been the dominant source of global warming, said Kerry Emanuel, professor of atmospheric science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

"Since the Industrial Revolution began around 1750, human activities have contributed substantially to climate change by adding Carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases to the atmosphere".

"Carbon dioxide (CO2) is the primary greenhouse gas pollutant, accounting for almost three-quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions and 84% of US greenhouse gas emissions", according to the website.

Pruitt's exchange wasn't "remarkable", it was sickening-and it was helped along by questions from CNBC's Joe Kernen who gave Pruitt every possible assistance in attacking basic science and voicing right-wing talking points. It's the first plan that limits carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. "I can not imagine what additional information the Administrator might want from scientists for him to understand that".

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Those of us whose families in coal country have paid the ultimate price for such denials, in the form of black lung disease that still rages, cancer-linked strip-mining operations that still rage, and contaminated toxic water, understand the difference between denial-and a full blown cover-up.

"The biggest unknown about future climate is human behavior". Trump promised during his campaign for the White House to pull the United States out of the accord, but has since been mostly quiet on the issue.

"Deeper soil layers contain a lot of carbon", says study author Margaret Torn, a scientist at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in a press release.

Pruitt also argued that a Paris climate agreement signed by President Barack Obama should have been treated as a treaty and gone through senate confirmation.

The claim also comes the same week that The New York Times reported Pruitt is handing top jobs at the EPA to skeptics of peer-reviewed science.

What do you think? "That's a concern", he said.

Pruitt, who opponents painted as a climate change denier and a risky choice to head the EPA, was voted in by a close margin of 52 to 46 in February.

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