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EPA Administrator Rejects Climate Change: ‘I Would Not Agree That It’s a Primary Contributor to Global Warming’

Newly installed EPA chief Scott Pruitt stopped by CNBC Thursday for a lengthy interview on Squawk Box. For the most part, Pruitt and hosts Joe Kernen and Andrew Ross Sorkin waded into the weeds of EPA regulations and what changes could be expected.

In the closing minutes, however, Kernen asked about climate change. “Do you believe that it’s been proven that CO2 is the primary control knob for climate?” Kernen asked.

“No. 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,” said Pruitt. “We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis.”

The claim flies in the face of the overwhelming consensus of scientists around the world, who say we do not need to continue debate on whether CO2 and human activity is causing climate change. It was this consensus which led the United States and most other nations to join the Paris Agreement aimed at curbing climate change.

Kernen, however, declined to press the point.

“I agree,” he told Pruitt. “When I hear the science is settled, it’s like I never heard that science actually got to a point where it was settled. That’s the whole point of science, that you keep asking questions, you keep asking questions, but I don’t want to be called a denier. Scares me. It’s a terrible thing to be called.”

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