EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Questions Basic Facts About Climate Change : The Two-Way : NPR

National Public Radio Headlines – 10:00am on 9 March 2017

By 10:00am on 9 March, the NPR story had been “framed” in a different manner:

Scott Pruitt’s comments on carbon dioxide come just over two weeks after he took the helm of the Environmental Protection Agency, the agency with the authority to regulate CO2 and other greenhouse gases as pollutants.  Susan Walsh/AP

March 9, 2017 11:48 AM ET   Geoff Brumfiel

President Trump’s head of the Environmental Protection Agency says he does not believe that carbon dioxide is a major cause of global warming.

“I would not agree that [CO2] is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see,” Scott Pruitt said Thursday in an interview with CNBC’s Joe Kernen.

“I believe 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.

Those statements are at odds with an overwhelming body of scientific evidence showing that humans are causing the climate to warm by releasing CO2 into the atmosphere. The view that CO2 is a major heat-trapping gas is supported by reams of data, included data collected by government agencies such as NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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