A CNN panel grew frustrated by the EPA Chief’s nuanced take on climate change.
When asked if CO2 was the primary driver of climate change, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told CNBC’s Joe Kernen: “No I think that measuring with precision the human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do. 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. Or, we don’t know that yet. As far as…we need to continue to debate, continue to review the analysis.”
The CNN Inside Politics panel reacted…
“The evidence is there. Human activity is contributing to climate change. That is a simple fact”, urged The Washington Post’s Karen Tumulty.
Ryan Lizza, another correspondent for The Washington Post, bolted on: “There are a lot of things in the scientific community we can debate. This is just not one of them. And so it’s…I think it would’ve been hard for Trump to find someone who is a true climate change denialist to run the EPA.”
Enter host, Dana Bash: “He did. He found him.”
Notably, Pruitt never denied the existence of climate change. He never denied that human activity impacts it. To the contrary, he stated that there is “global warming that we see” and also that “human activity” is tied to it. Pruitt appears interested in learning more about how human activity impacts the changing climate, before using the levers of government to react; a sentiment that is apparently not shared by Lizza, Tumulty and Bash.
Also of note, the conversation on Squawk Box continued — perhaps inconveniently for the crew at CNN. Watch as that host (Kernen) not only allows for the nuanced approach to scientific discovery, but agrees with it.