Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Trump Picks Strident Foe of EPA to Lead the EPA

Okla. Attorney General Scott Pruitt spoke at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland. (Credit: Gage Skidmore/flickr) Click to Enlarge.
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general and a champion of the oil and gas industry, to run the the Environmental Protection Agency — the federal office that enforces nearly all laws that protect America’s air and water.

Pruitt, among the nation’s most vehement critics of the EPA and Obama administration climate and environmental policies, has forcefully opposed federal mandates for power plant pollution controls and cutting carbon emissions to curb Americans’ impact on the climate.

Writing in a National Review column in May, Pruitt and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange falsely stated that scientists disagree about the “degree and extent of global warming and its connections to the actions of mankind.”

“That debate should be encouraged — in classrooms, public forums and the halls of Congress,” Pruitt and Strange wrote.  “It should not be silenced with threats of prosecution. Dissent is not a crime.”

To scientists — and most nations around the world — the science of climate change is clear, however:  Human carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels are warming the climate at a rate unprecedented in human history, leading to extreme weather, rising seas, melting polar ice caps and innumerable other consequences.

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