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The New EPA Secretary Is Happy to Ignore Evidence CO2 Causes Global Warming

Scott Pruitt said that carbon dioxide isn't a "primary contributor" to climate change.

River Donaghey

River Donaghey

EPA head Scott Pruitt, the climate change skeptic and fossil fuel fan who now leads the agency he has repeatedly sued, went on CNBC's Squawk Box Thursday to say that, nah, he doesn't really think carbon dioxide has much to do with climate change.

"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," Pruitt said when asked about the relation between CO2 and rising temperatures on earth. "So no, I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see."

Sure, 2016 was the hottest damn year in the recorded history—just like 2014 and 2015 were before that—and Antarctica just had its hottest day ever, but the man at the helm of the Environmental Protection Agency doesn't really feel like that's related to fossil fuel emissions.

NASA and NOAA, on the other hand, disagree, saying in a January report that the continued global warming is "driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere." 

As head of the EPA, Pruitt happens to oversee both NASA and NOAA now, so maybe they should think about creating a mirror of their websites to back up their scientific findings like the EPA did before Trump and Pruitt have a chance to gut them.

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