Angry callers force Scott Pruitt to create impromptu call center

Backlash as EPA chief Scott Pruitt questions science of global warming

Pruitt, who has recently called climate change a "religious belief", said last week that carbon dioxide produced through human industry and activities was not primarily responsible for a warming world.

Environmental groups and Democrats seized on Pruitt's comments as evidence he is unfit for the office he holds. Just look at the Climate Leadership Council, a group of prominent Republicans, including former US secretaries of State and Treasury, who are pushing a proposal to put a price on carbon in exchange for reducing other regulations.

Receding glaciers in Antarctica have led to an 85-percent decline in a major population of Adelie penguins. "He'd be fired and so should Pruitt", Mr. Brune tweeted.

"Anyone who denies over a century's worth of established science and basic facts is unqualified to be the administrator of the EPA", Schatz said in a statement.

As Oklahoma's attorney general, Pruitt and another dozen attorney generals unsuccessfully challenged the endangerment finding in a federal appeals court.

"Administrator Pruitt is correct, the Congress has never explicitly given the EPA the authority to regulate carbon dioxide as a pollutant and the committee has no plans to do so", said Mike Danylak, spokesman for the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the panel that oversees the EPA. The Natural Resources Defense Fund submitted a Freedom of Information Act request on Friday asking the agency for any documents Pruitt relied on to formulate his stance on climate change, including records of any meetings or other communications he has had about the topic.

Scott Pruitt, the EPA head has also stated that there is no enough analysis or reviews to prove that global warming is due to the result of human activity. Pruitt has stacked his staff with like-minded climate change skeptics. The president vetoed the signing of new EPA's investigation contracts, according to AP. Where, Wallace asked, does Mr. Trump stand on climate change?

On Monday, 32 doctors and scientists in Florida sent President Donald Trump a letter emphasizing the importance of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, saying they "are crucial to our safety and our ability to predict extreme weather".

In a 2016 opinion article, Pruitt suggested that the debate over global warming "is far from settled" and he said "scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind".

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