For those who hoped that Ivanka Trump’s meeting with former Vice President Al Gore was a positive sign that Donald Trump was altering his position on climate change, think again.
The president-elect’s decision to name Oklahoma Attorney General and avid climate change denier, Scott Pruitt, to head the Environmental Protection Agency has alarmed environmentalists and scientists around the world.
Dr. Rush Holt, the chief executive of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, told The Independent that Pruitt’s stance on climate change is akin to denying the existence of gravity.
“If a person jumped off a building because he said gravitation is only a theory, one would say he is delusional,” Holt said. “So too, any policy maker who would base national policy on denial of climate science because there is ‘debate’ would be called dangerously irresponsible.”
Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, made a similar analogy saying that, “Having Scott Pruitt in charge of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is like putting an arsonist in charge of fighting fires."
May Boeve, the executive director of 350.org, a non-profit climate change advocacy group, said in a press release following the announcement that Pruitt heading the EPA would be a disaster.
"You couldn't pick a better fossil fuel industry puppet,” she said. “Pruitt formed a secret alliance with oil and coal companies to gut our environmental regulations and has defended ExxonMobil's climate cover-up. This is a man who cares more about the profits of coal company CEOs than the health of our children or the future of our planet.”
Trump himself has tweeted that he believed that climate change is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese government — something which he lied about during the first presidential debate with Hillary Clinton.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
In an editorial in the conservative magazine National Review, Pruitt railed against President Barack Obama’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions from U.S. power plants.
In the article, Pruitt falsely claims that scientists “continue to disagree” about the science of climate change and that those who deny the science of climate change are having their right to “dissent” violated.
The truth is that the debate over climate change has essentially been ended. According to NASA, 97 percent of scientists agree that the warming of our planet is directly related to the use of fossil fuels. And it’s true regardless if anyone “believes” the science or not. We will all be suffering the impacts of climate change if Trump continues on this course.
If Pruitt’s history is anything to go by, the EPA is set for a major shift in policy direction under Pruitt.
As The Washington Post reported, Florida is already seeing the consequences of climate change with sea levels rising at far larger levels than predicted. Perhaps, Trump will change his tune when he finds his precious Mar a Lago estate under water.
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