Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, says he does not believe carbon dioxide has a major impact on global warming.
In an interview with CNBC's "Squawk Box" Pruitt said this:
"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."
That statement actually goes against the EPA's website and previous stance on the causes of global warming.
United States Environmental Protection Agency
On Twitter, politicians and scientists alike took issue with Pruitt's comments.
This is like the Surgeon General saying cigarettes don't cause cancer, or head of NASA saying the Earth is flat.https://t.co/rBUAqtezyL— Peter Gleick (@PeterGleick) March 9, 2017
NASA, NOAA and an overwhelming majority of scientists disagree with the EPA administrator about this. https://t.co/PcNUdkrAgN— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 9, 2017
Despite the backlash, President Donald Trump — who nominated Pruitt to the position — might not disagree with the EPA chief. Trump himself has questioned climate change and global warming in the past.
Record setting cold and snow, ice caps massive! The only global warming we should fear is that caused by nuclear weapons - incompetent pols.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2015