Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s new chief for the Environmental Protection Agency, was roundly criticized on Thursday for his remarks denying that carbon dioxide was a primary contributor to climate change.
During an appearance on CNBC, Pruitt said “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,” adding, “So no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.”
The claim is one from which even many Republicans have moved because it lacks credibility, instead, choosing other ways of attacking the issue.
On Friday, the Weather Channel weighed in on the matter by debunking Pruitt’s claims. Meteorologist Carl Parker outlined the science behind climate change in a very succinct few seconds.
“it is simply not true that there is disagreement among scientists, and there have been multiple studies that have shown that scientists agree — 97% of climate scientists agree that climate change is a man-made phenomenon,” he said.
He then pointed to a chart showing how rise average global temperature tracks the rise in carbon emissions since the start of the Industrial Revolution.
Parker then put up a graph which showed global temperature reconstructions going back thousands of years to the ice age, pointing out that the only drastic jump in temperature occurred during the time period when climate change has begun to accelerate. “That is not natural. That is man-made climate change,” Parker said.
The new EPA Administrator states he does not believe that CO2 is the leading cause of global warming, but science proves otherwise. pic.twitter.com/9i8VTDo7eY
— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) March 10, 2017