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It's 2018 And Scott Pruitt Has No Idea How Climate Change Works

Dear Science: Help.

SCIENCE AF STAFF
8 FEB 2018
 

President Trump's pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has never really "understood" climate science, per say, but a new interview pretty much confirms he has no clue how it works.

 

"We know humans have most flourished during times of what, warming trends," said Pruitt in an interview on KSNV

"So I think there's assumptions made that because the climate is warming, that that necessarily is a bad thing."

Dear science: help.

"Do we really know what the ideal surface temperature should be in the year 2100, in the year 2018? That's fairly arrogant for us to think that we know exactly what it should be in 2100," he continued.

Somehow, it seems far more arrogant for Pruitt to place his wilfully ignorant opinion on the same level as scientific data and expertise - but let's face it, that's nothing new.

Ever since taking the reigns at the EPA, Pruitt has been an outspoken and arrogant climate denier. He has claimed (incorrectly) that it's difficult to measure with precision human activity on the climate and that there is "tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact."

Once again – we must reiterate that 97 percent of actively publishing climate scientists agree that climate change is happening and that it is caused by humans.

 

It's unclear where Pruitt heard about all this disagreement, but he's having no problem fuelling the controversy all on his own. Last year, Pruitt made headlines when he proposed holding a national debate on climate change, just to make sure all sides were explored - especially the side he has close ties to.

"That red team-blue team exercise is an exercise to provide an opportunity to the American people to consume information from scientists that have different perspectives on key issues and frankly could be used to build consensus in this body," said Pruitt in a recent Congressional testimony.

The idea that equal coverage of both sides is fair and good journalism is false. Not all viewpoints should be treated equally - especially when that viewpoint is in direct opposition to the majority of experts.

Again - nearly all climate scientists agree that climate change is happening and that that is not a good thing. According to NASA, climate change is set to cause debilitating drought, exacerbate extreme weather events, raise sea levels to a dangerous level and spur on extreme heat waves. The detrimental effects of climate change directly threaten our water supply, our agriculture, our clean air, our health, our infrastructure and our transportation.

We haven't seen any evidence to back up Pruitt's claims, so we don't have any idea what he's on about.