Statements made by Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s appointee as head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in March, in which he denied human emissions as the primary cause of climate change, have contradicted the EPA’s own stance on climate change as well as the consensus of the scientific community.
As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Scott Pruitt had lobbied against the EPA on behalf of fossil fuel industries. His own biography describes him as “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.” His appointment has caused concern.
“Having Scott Pruitt in charge of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is like putting an arsonist in charge of fighting fires,” says Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club. One of the oldest conservation organizations in the U.S., the Sierra Club has over 2 million supporters.
Over 97 percent of climate experts have firmly concluded that human-caused climate change is happening, according to the American Association for the Advancement of the Sciences, the world’s largest general science society. They recently released a report which said that switching to renewable energy could avoid warming above 2C, beyond which we face “game over” for human life, with severe droughts and weather events that would kill millions and force many more to flee their regions, making the current flow of refugees seem like a trickle by comparison.
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