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‘You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me’: Sen Merkley Ridicules Trump EPA Nominee Over Global Warming ‘Excuses’

Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) really went after one of President Trump‘s top appointees to head up the Environmental Protection Agency this week.

William Wehrum appeared before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday, and during the hearing, Merkley had him react to correlations between greenhouse gas emissions and human activity. When Wehrum hesitated to acknowledge the correlation among data trends, the senator began to steamroll his “continuous excuses” and “Koch Brother-inspired determination not to acknowledge even the most fundamental facts.”

“Why should the American people put into an office of significant influence someone who refuses to look at the facts directly,” Merkley asked.

Wehrum acknowledged that humans are contributing to climate change, though he and Merkley continued to tussle over his reactions to the data. When Wehrum described rising oceanic acidity levels as an allegation, Merkley responded with a flabbergasted “are you kidding me?”

“No one can look at what’s happening on the planet and see there is nothing happening unless you are deliberately determined to ignore that information,” said Merkley. “That makes you really, quite frankly, unacceptable to serve in this position.”

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