EPA Head Scott Pruitt Suggests Global Warming Can Lead to Society Flourishing

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt suggested a “warming” climate can actually be good for humans on the earth, as he attempted to explain his controversial views on climate change yesterday.

In an interview with KSNV News 3 Las Vegas, Pruitt said, “I think there’s assumptions made that because the climate is warming, that that necessarily is a bad thing.”

On a similar note, the EPA chief went on to suggest that global warming doesn’t actually qualify as an “existential threat” to the planet.

“Is it an existential threat, is it something that is unsustainable, or what kind of effect or harm is this going to have?” questioned Pruitt. “We know that humans have most flourished during times of, what, warming trends?”

He continued, “There’s assumptions made that because the climate is warming that that necessarily is a bad thing.”

These comments, and similar ones in the past, outline why Pruitt has the reputation as a bizarre and even dangerous choice for leading the EPA — given the point of the agency is to look for environmental solutions to problems, not explaining them away. He has also questioned the knowledge of scientists in regards to earth’s proper temperature, voiced his skepticism toward the idea that humans are having a negative impact on the climate, and defended the fossil fuel industry.

Watch above (the relevant part starts at the 4-minute mark), via KSNV News 3 Las Vegas.

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