EPA chief doubts carbon dioxide’s role in global warming 

Posted: March 9, 2017 by oldbrew in bbcbias, climate, government
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US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt

BBC News all but bursts a blood vessel over the EPA head’s opinion that the climate science ‘debate’ is not settled. Their reaction is to trot out some standard warmist platitudes, which surprises nobody.

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt has said he “would not agree” carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming.

He told CNBC that measuring human impact on the climate was “very challenging” and there was “tremendous disagreement” about the issue.

Mr Pruitt instead insisted that officials needed “to continue the debate” on the issue. His remarks contradict his own agency’s findings on greenhouse gas emissions.

Data released in January by NASA and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that the planet’s rising temperature has been “driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions in the atmosphere”. The two US agencies added that the earth’s 2016 temperatures were the warmest ever.

The EPA’s website also notes that carbon dioxide is the “primary greenhouse gas that is contributing to recent climate change”.
In fact, there is consensus among the majority of scientists in the field that carbon emissions from human activities are a key driver of rising temperatures and that the impact of climate change will be severe.

Mr Pruitt, 48, sworn in last month, is considered one of President Donald Trump’s most controversial appointments due to his ties to the fossil fuel industry.

The former Oklahoma attorney general also spent years legally challenging the reach of the organisation he now heads.

Full report: EPA chief doubts carbon dioxide’s role in global warming – BBC News

  1. Bitter&twisted says:

    I like this guy, Pruit.
    A breath of fresh air and thinking.
    Screw the BBC.

  2. Channel 4 was all over it as well (as you would expect). Words like ‘climate denier’ and ‘97% of climate scientists’ were well used by them and by some woman from the UCS. Interesting times lie ahead, particularly after the latest Lindzen letter to Trump. https://wattsupwiththat.com/2017/03/09/lindzen-responds-to-the-mit-letter-objecting-to-his-petition-to-trump-to-withdraw-from-the-unfcc/comment-page-1/#comment-2446673

  3. j martin says:

    An inspired choice.

  4. hunter says:

    There was a consensus that low fat diets could control blood cholesterol levels. There was a consensus that there was no such thing as plate tectonics. There was a consensus that “recovered memories” were real. There have been many times the consensus has failed.
    Only deniers believe otherwise.

  5. Craig Austin says:

    If it was “settled “, there would be one model, not dozens. Whoever suggested that averaging many wrong answers gives you the correct answer should be slapped. President Trump will end the scam and embarrass it’s stooges.

  6. oldbrew says:

    He seems to take an overall view somewhat similar to Prof. Judith Curry, something like: let’s look at the uncertainties and not be dogmatic about climate issues.

    Of course anyone who tries to sound reasonable and open-minded gets slapped with the ‘d’ word by the AGW crowd these days. But name-calling doesn’t cut it any more, not that it ever did.

  7. Pruitt took the only responsible course in view of the evidence from climate research during the past two decades that are contraindicative of a significant climate change role for CO2. Politically it’s wiser to soft-pedal the issue now before jettisoning it all together later when the hubbub has died down.

  8. suricat says:

    oldbrew, I disagree that the BBC has ‘bias’ in the report that you link to. The BBC is ‘reporting’ on the ‘ground swell’ of ‘opinion’ and is ‘unscientific’ on this point.

    Yes, the reduced ‘atmospheric window’ (depth to extinction) for ‘OLR’ (Outgoing Long-wave Radiation) is partly reduced by an increase in CO2, but this obscured ‘window’ for CO2 is tiny when water vapour is factored and when convection is the major regulator for temperature within the troposphere.

    Any ‘major’ change to Earth’s temp change would, IMHO, be due to ‘InSolAtion’ (‘insolation’ is ‘Incoming Solar Radiation’). Any ‘dynamic’ is determined by the ‘rate of input / rate of output’ and the ‘output’ (OLR) can only relate to the quanta of energy loss! This is only ‘half’ of the equation.

    Thus, I agree with the EPA chief on CO2’s contribution.

    Best regards, Ray.

  9. oldbrew says:

    In the other part of the BBC’s report they only quote strongly anti-Pruitt people e.g.:

    “The arsonist is now in charge of the fire department, and he seems happy to let the climate crisis burn out of control,” said Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune.

    Democratic Senator Brian Schatz said Mr Pruitt’s remarks suggested he is a “climate denier”.

    This is their usual style in climate reporting.

  10. ren says:

    March 15 shown powerful blockade of circulation over the Canadian Arctic.

  11. ren says:

    They will be big losses farmers in the eastern United States, because the vegetation has already begun.

  12. suricat says:

    oldbrew says: March 10, 2017 at 10:02 am

    “This is their usual style in climate reporting.”

    Yes, but its ‘reportage’, not ‘climate science’! What ‘he said’ and what ‘she said’ is just the ‘tittle tattle’ of ‘politics’ and what the BBC covers by its ‘blanket’ mandate! There’s some good science reported by the BBC, but you have to ‘dig it out’ from the usual ‘pulp politic’ section.

    Best regards, Ray.

  13. oldbrew says:

    Ray – ‘you have to ‘dig it out’ from the usual ‘pulp politic’ section’

    There’s the rub. You or I are may be used to having to do that i.e. we can see through their ‘spin’, but why should the BBC get away with behaving like that with public money?

  14. oldbrew says:

    Trump administration orders resignation of remaining Obama-era US attorneys

    All 46 US prosecutors leftover from the Obama administration have been ordered to resign

    Not so long ago we had this…

    20 Attorneys General Launch Climate Fraud Investigation of Exxon
    Mar. 30, 2016


  15. p.g.sharrow says:

    @oldbrew; you are adding apples to oranges.

    The 46 Federal district attorneys that were asked to resign, serve at the discretion of the president. They are a part of the Department of Justice. They serve as prosecutor administrators for each of their federal districts.

    The 20 State Attorneys General are elected to serve their states, in their states, and are not a part of the Federal government. These people are Democratic politicians…pg

  16. oldbrew says:

    OK thanks pg, I made the wrong conclusion 😦

  17. Ulric Lyons says:

    In fact, there is consensus among the majority of scientists in the field that carbon emissions from human activities are a key driver of rising research budgets…

  18. oldbrew says:

    Scott Pruitt’s statement on climate change
    Posted on March 11, 2017
    by Judith Curry

    Can you square what Pruitt actually said with the distorted quotes and headlines about this? I can’t.

    As soon as he said anything on climate the climate alarmists were going to open fire on him by any means they could think of. No surprise there.