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Trump’s EPA Chief, Working From An Oil Industry Conference, Lies About CO2 And Climate Change

Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s appointee as leader of the Environmental Protection Agency, went on national television today to declare that he doesn’t believe that carbon dioxide is an important factor in global warming. Pruitt said, “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.”

Scott Pruitt doesn’t have any training in science. He has never worked as a scientist. That doesn’t mean that we should discount Pruitt’s statement out of hand. However, it does mean that when Pruitt declares that “there’s tremendous disagreement” about whether carbon dioxide is “a primary contributor” to global warming, we should question whether his statement is supported by the research of professional scientists.

As luck would have it, the work of professional scientists who have training in studying the relationship between human activity and global climate has been systematically scrutinized by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The IPCC isn’t populated by politicians who trained as lawyers, as is the case with Scott Pruitt. It’s a scientific body. Its members are all scientists who have established expertise in research related to climatology.

The scientists of the IPCC directly contradict Scott Pruitt’s statement. They write, “Anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions have increased since the pre-industrial era, driven largely by economic and population growth, and are now higher than ever. This has led to atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide that are unprecedented in at least the last 800,000 years. Their effects, together with those of other anthropogenic drivers, have been detected throughout the climate system and are extremely likely to have been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century.”

There isn’t “tremendous disagreement”. The climatologists of the world have concurred, for many years, that carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, are “extremely likely” to be “the dominant cause” of global warming.

There is no rival panel of climatologists with respected credentials, unfunded by the fossil fuels industry, that disagrees with the IPCC’s assessment of the role of carbon dioxide in global warming.

When Scott Pruitt stated today that there is “tremendous disagreement” about whether carbon dioxide significantly contributes to global warming, he was plainly wrong.

The work of the Environmental Protection Agency must be based on solid scientific research. Today, Scott Pruitt demonstrated that he is either profoundly ignorant of scientific research, or that he is willing to advance the economic interest of oil and gas companies without regard to scientific research.

Whichever is the case, Scott Pruitt is clearly unqualified to do anything as leader of the Environmental Protection Agency but destroy it.

7 thoughts on “Trump’s EPA Chief, Working From An Oil Industry Conference, Lies About CO2 And Climate Change”

  1. Rob Vietnam-war-vet says:

    Pruitt = Another T-Rump Train Wreck. We could ask, “WHY were so many Joe & Jane Average Americans conned by one of the biggest con artists on the planet?” T-Rump is, in reality (!), a 3 dollar bill. He’s a giant phony as high as Mt. Everest. Well, it’s no different than the votes for Nixoid, Rotten Ronnie Reagan (count ’em-666) and Gee Dumbya. Some people just can’t see the forest for the trees. It points to a low level of education and, maybe, (hate to say it), a low level between the ears. When we look at the beyond outrageous stuff T-Rump said, and did, before the election, like saying he could shoot someone on 5th Ave. and people would STILL vote for him (!), WHY would any sane person vote for the Very Dangerous Clown? Or, WHY would any woman vote for a guy who treats women like play toys and sex objects? Is it really OK for some guy to grab you down there? Here is a man with a personality SO SICKENING that even a million tons of PEPTO BISMOL couldn’t, and wouldn’t, help. The guy makes me want to barf 24/7. He’s the new way to lose weight—-barf, barf, barf. Forget being anorexic. What is the bottom line here? HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF. History has recorded a very long list of ego-maniac personalities = dictators who wanted total power and control of a group of people / country. Politics? No, it’s the KING will be KING and you had better bow way down and kiss the gold-plated feet. Our country / society is at huge level of danger–think Germany in the 1930’s– with not only the Tyrant-T-Rump, but his poisonous snakes, like Ryan and Bannon, gathered around to feed on the 99%. Shame on the dumb-numb-skulls who voted for this mad man and his slug-infested entourage. Apparently, they flunked K-garten and never learned to read a history book. Have someone who can read, read to them “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich.” But, Hell, they still won’t get it. Scary! Plutocracy! Neo-Fascism! T-Rump Train Wreck becomes T-Wrecked Amerika.

  2. Michael Pimpinelli says:

    Wow! I think he said it all. I think he speaks for most intelligent people and in a year or so even the not so intelligent people who voted for him will realize their mistake. I think that my friends who voted for him are starting to realize their mistake; however, they are not ready to admit it and hope that he pulls a rabbit out of a hat. More likely, he will pull Pres. Putin out of his butt. He may be the first president to tweet himself out of office. Let’s hope the Republican lemmings grow a set of balls and control him before he does more damage. Highly unlikely.

    1. Rob Vietnam-war-vet says:

      Great analysis of the numb-skulls’ mentality. The bumper sticker says it all, “Shit Happens!”, but the
      level created by T-Rump and his crowd of fellow septic tank associates, is historically AWFUL!
      We can hope that the ego-maniac – sicko T-Rump has a nervous break-down. But, YIKES, I’m having
      a really bad stomach-headache just thinking about Poo-thetic Pense (an only slightly smarter
      snake than Poo-thetic Palin), as PREZ. What’s next? $50 to use the pooper at a Walmart?
      Credit card reader at the pooper door? This sounds like an idea right out of poophead Paul
      Pooper Ryan’s stinky mouth and highly diseased brain. Privatize everything! Make ’em pay!!!

    2. Jim Cook says:

      Michael, those Republican lemmings are really scary in their fervent desire to avoid looking directly at Donald Trump’s blatant lies and corruption. It is the kind of willful blindness that allows real tragedy to occur. I agree with you that we cannot rely on those Republican lemmings. Those of us who can see and admit we can see the truth will have to
      do the heavy lifting of resistance.

  3. Al Hopfmann says:

    You mention “climatologists with respected credentials…”. What are real “respected credentials” to you might be different than for me. Are those credentials strictly academic? Or do they need to include real outdoor experience? I have found significant differences between the opinions of those “climatologists” who are strictly academic and those who have significant outdoor experience. A valuable contribution to the whole climate debate would be for someone (not me, I have more important projects) to objectively compare the opinions and conclusions of academically equivalent “climatologists” who are farmers, hunters, fishermen, hikers, and other active nature participants to those who are substantially indoor office and institutional dwellers. Is anyone out there up to the challenge, and willing to be objective?

    1. J Clifford says:

      Mr. Hopfmann, anecdotal observations are interesting, but they are not science.

      You “have found” differences between climatologists who have “outdoor experience” and those who don’t?

      Really?

      Share the statistics, then. Show us how you obtained representative samples of each group.

      Can you name even ONE actual climatologist who does not have “outdoor experience”, Mr. Hopfmann?

      It kind of sounds like you’re just making this up, but if you’re not, you should have the data from your study ready to share with us all. I’m ready to see it… any time now.

    2. Jim Cook says:

      Individual people see the weather by the unavoidable nature of limited perspective. It takes science to assess climate.

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