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Trump pick for EPA admits global warming is not a hoax

Trump pick for EPA admits global warming is not a hoax Trump pick for EPA admits global warming is not a hoax
Roland Mccarthy | 19 January, 2017, 07:04

He had previously been quoted as saying that "scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind". Unlike the president-elect, Pruitt said that he did "not believe that climate change is a hoax".

"Pruitt is of special focus because of the complete mismatch between the nominee and the agency he would head", said David Goldston, government affairs director for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Markey remarked, "So you Donald Trump is wrong?"

Pruitt, who has filed numerous lawsuits against the EPA while taking contributions from industries supporting those lawsuits, has long argued that states should have more authority to manage environmental issues.

Pruitt had previously acknowledged at the hearing that "the climate is changing and human activity contributes to that in some manner".

"I wouldn't know without going through the process and would not want to presume the outcome", Pruitt replied. Bernie Sanders over the cause of climate change.

Barrasso's panel will meet Wednesday to consider confirming Pruitt, who has been a frequent litigator against Obama's EPA as the attorney general of Oklahoma. I have as attorney general of Oklahoma as well.

Trump pick for EPA admits global warming is not a hoax
Trump pick for EPA admits global warming is not a hoax

Republicans sought to blunt inquiries into Pruitt's relationships with the fossil fuel and agriculture sectors, and to contrast his "cooperative federalism" with the top-down regulatory approach they said the Obama administration has employed. He eventually said he would.

Vermonters count on the Environmental Protection Agency to help us protect public health and our environment. "That's one of the highest asthma rates in the entire United States of America".

"You as an Oklahoman, me as a Kansan, and many members on this committee represent lots of communities in which the population is insufficient to be able to pay for the cost of water or sewer treatment", he continued.

But, Democrats cited some of those still-pending lawsuits as potential conflicts of interest, asking Pruitt repeatedly if he would recuse himself in those legal situations. "And the fact that you have not brought suits against the industries that are causing the pollution is really problematic when you're gonna sit in a position that is nationally gonna be affecting this reality". Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island were Pruitt's chief tormentors.

Yes, he said, the federal government has a role in protecting the environment.

It became clear Wednesday that far-reaching vehicle pollution rules enforced by California and a handful of other states could be jeopardized if EPA nominee Scott Pruitt is confirmed by the Senate. In 2014, the New York Times reported that after Devon Energy donated to Pruitt, he sent a letter drafted by the oil and gas producer to the EPA, with only limited changes. Tom Carper, noted that Christine Todd Whitman, who headed the EPA under President George W. Bush, has said she has not seen a nominee as "disdainful of the agency and what the agency does" as Pruitt.

Regarding past Trump comments that have appeared to dismiss or trivialize the role of the EPA, Pruitt said, "I believe there is a very important role for the Environmental Protection Agency.I believe there are air quality issues and water quality issues that cross state lines that the jurisdiction of the EPA, its involvement.is extremely important". He has sued 14 times to block clean air and water safeguards from EPA, the agency he has been nominated to lead.

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