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EPA Chief Scott Pruitt Cites Bret Stephens NYT Column in Response to ‘Climate Exaggerators’

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt pushed back against “climate exaggerators” this afternoon in part by citing the debut New York Times column of Bret Stephens.

Pruitt was at today’s press briefing to talk about President Donald Trump‘s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord yesterday, and while he did not directly answer the question of what the president’s views on climate change are, he did speak a bit about his own.

Pruitt said that people might call him a “climate skeptic,” but added that “there are climate exaggerators” out there.

And then he invoked Stephens’ column to make his point. He cited this part in particular:

Anyone who has read the 2014 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change knows that, while the modest (0.85 degrees Celsius, or about 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit) warming of the earth since 1880 is indisputable, as is the human influence on that warming, much else that passes as accepted fact is really a matter of probabilities. That’s especially true of the sophisticated but fallible models and simulations by which scientists attempt to peer into the climate future. To say this isn’t to deny science. It’s to acknowledge it honestly.

You may remember that Stephens’ column got a lot of Twitter flak, aimed not just at him but also the Times. (The Times later tweeted out a link encouraging people to check out their climate coverage.)

You can watch the clip of Pruitt above, via CNN.

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