Science Restored in DC! EPA chief says CO2 not primary contributor to ‘global warming’ – Calls UN Climate Treaty ‘a bad deal’
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said Thursday he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming.
“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 ,” he told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”
“But we don’t know that yet. … We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis.”
“This idea that if you’re pro-environment you’re anti-energy is just something we’ve got to change so that attitude is something we’re working on very much,” he said.
Pruitt also called the Paris Agreement, an international accord aimed at mitigating the impacts of climate change, “a bad deal.” He said it puts the United States on a different playing field than developing countries like China and India.
The United States has vowed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. In comparison, China has committed to reach peak carbon emissions levels by 2030, but will try to reach that point sooner.
Senate Panel Approves EPA Critic Scott Pruitt to Head Agency
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, a climate change skeptic who fought the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulations on carbon emissions, moved a big step closer to becoming that agency’s leader.
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s Republicans voted 11-0 Thursday in approval of Pruitt serving as the EPA’s administrator following a boycott by Democrats. A vote by the full Republican-led Senate will make him President Trump’s point man for his plan to make the agency more industry-friendly.