Press Statement on Scott Pruitt's Statement on Global Warming
March 10, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt told CNBC yesterday that he does not believe carbon dioxide is a "primary contributor" to global warming.
"I think 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, so no, I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see," he told CNBC's "Squawk Box."
Jeff Carter, Executive Director at Physicians for Social Responsibility, released the following statement regarding Pruitt's comment:
"Scott Pruitt's statement is at odds with the overwhelming scientific consensus that climate change is driven by burning fossil fuels that add CO2 and other greenhouse gasses to the atmosphere. His statement is reckless and puts our communities in danger. What's more, it raises questions about whether he was being truthful during the confirmation process, in which he stated several times that the EPA had an important role in regulating carbon dioxide."
"A livable climate is foundational to human health. From vector-borne disease and heat-related illness to extreme weather and food insecurity, climate change impacts us all, and impacts our most vulnerable communities disproportionately. It doesn't matter whether Pruitt is being deliberately misleading or simply doesn't understand the science—in either case his statement demonstrates what we have been saying all along, that he is completely unfit for the job he has been entrusted to do. Physicians for Social Responsibility and our members will continue to protect public health by advancing policies that reduce fossil fuels and promote clean, healthy, renewable energy."
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is a scientific and educational organization with approximately 40,000 members and supporters and with chapters throughout the United States. Our mission is to protect human life from the gravest threats to health and survival. PSR's Environment and Health program focuses on the threats to health posed by climate change and fossil fuels. Visit us at www.psr.org and follow us on Twitter @psrnational