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EPA chief acknowledges humans contribute 'in some way' to climate change

EPA chief acknowledges humans contribute 'in some way' to climate change”

In an apparent reversal of his previously held opinions, Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt acknowledged mankind's role in exacerbating climate change during a Tuesday morning appearance on Fox & Friends.

"We know the climate's always changing". No one questions that we contribute to it in some way.

"The question is as we look as this issue, how much do we contribute to it, and what can we do about it", he said. But Mr. Pruitt said he can only act within the powers of his agency and those given to him by Congress.

"Earlier this month, Pruitt said that debating causes of the hurricanes would be insensitive to those rebuilding, saying, 'To have any kind of focus on the cause and effect of the storm; versus helping people, or actually facing the effect of the storm, is misplaced". "The American people deserve that type of objective, transparent discussion". Few journalists felt inclined to point this out, although the Miami Herald noted that Pruitt's comments were akin to not addressing gun control in the wake of mass shootings; further quoting Miami Republican Mayor Tomás Regalado's comments that "This is the time to talk about climate change".

Pruitt's boss, President Trump, last week also dismissed the impact of climate change on hurricanes, saying "we've had bigger storms", despite the fact that Harvey and Irma marked the first time two Category 4 storms hit the United States in the same year.

One of the best ways to determine the severity of climate change, he added, is to separate scientists into Red Teams and Blue Teams and have them discuss the issue at length. The fund is a result of the Paris agreement, which all developed countries are expected to contribute to as a way to finance green energy investments.



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