In case you missed it, Scott Pruitt, who was appointed by President Donald Trump in January to head the US Environmental Protection Agency, has said he does “not agree” that CO2 is a primary contributor to global warming.
In an interview with TV news channel CNBC, Pruitt said measuring the effect of human activity on climate was “very challenging” and there was “tremendous disagreement” about the impact of CO2 and other greenhouse gases on the planet.
Several politicians (and the internet), predictably reacted in utter disbelief:
Scott Pruitt, the new head of the EPA, does not believe that CO2 is a primary contributor to climate change. Honestly, this is pathetic. pic.twitter.com/zFM0H1sG35
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) March 10, 2017
This is just nuts: EPA chief Scott Pruitt just claimed carbon not causing climate change. We Senate D's will be a check on his crazy views.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) March 9, 2017
Pruitt loves baseball so put it this way: An EPA head denying science is like Jeter refusing to use a bat. He'd be fired & so should Pruitt
— Michael Brune (@bruneski) March 9, 2017
Sarcastic jokes followed:
Teacher: Please welcome our special guest, class.
Scott Pruitt: "Hi kids. I'm here today to talk to you about the dangers of oxygen."
— Troy Johnson (@_troyjohnson) March 10, 2017
EPA Chief Scott Pruitt: Once we abandon the liberal fictions of "Gravity" and "Thermodynamics" we can embrace the one real truth "Money."
— Delmar Boole (@DelmarBoole) March 10, 2017
Question to EPA Scott Pruitt
Do you believe the earth is flat?
"We need to cont. the debate & review the analysis"
— Jean Kind (@sfmomdog) March 10, 2017
Now climate scientist Richard Allan, a professor at the University of Reading, said: “Hundreds of years of scientific research evaluated by thousands of scientists show that greenhouse gas emissions from human activities, most especially carbon dioxide, explain the observed warming of the planet over the past 65 years, nothing else can.
“Not the sun or volcanoes which have a tiny effect over this time period, not particle aerosol pollution which has been blocking out the sunlight and not the fairies.”
Not only that, Pruitt’s view is at odds with US space agency Nasa and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
In January, the two American agencies reported that the Earth’s 2016 temperatures had been the warmest ever.
The planet’s average surface temperature had risen by about 2F (1.1C) since the late 19th century. This was “a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere”, the agencies said in a joint statement.