Scientists Comments on Scott Pruitt’s Denial

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screenshot scott Pruitt on CNBCOnline — We have commented in the past about the nearly unbelievable comment of EPA Administrator Mr. Scott Priutt’s denial of the scientific facts that form our basic understanding of man’s impact on Global Warming.

Climate Nexus went  a step further in March, the day after his statement on a TV show, and combined the online link to the video and  Mr.Pruitt’s statements with those of a number of prominent scientists in response.

We have yet to see many other vigorous commentaries, especially from the rest of the media about this strong, response on a web page from many leaders within the scientific community.

First, to set the stage, the link to the CNBC webpage with the video and commentary by Ton DiChristopher:

EPA chief Scott Pruitt says carbon dioxide is not a primary contributor to global warming

 

The immediate response, next day, from Climate Nexus was the story:

Scientists, Leaders Slam Scott Pruitt’s Televised Climate Denial

It’s online at: http://dev.climatenexus.org/climate-change-news/scientists-leaders-slam-scott-pruitts-televised-climate-denial/

The following are quotes, or part of the quotations, displayed from leading climate scientists in response to Pruitt’s remarks in the above web page article.

Ben Santer, climate researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory: “Mr. Pruitt has claimed that carbon dioxide caused by human activity is not ‘the primary contributor to the global warming that we see.’ Mr. Pruitt is wrong.”

Kerry Emanuel, Cecil & Ida Green Professor of Atmospheric Science and Co-Director of the Lorenz Center at MIT: “According to the most authoritative compilation of scientific research, that undertaken perennially by the IPCC, increasing carbon dioxide has been the dominant source of global warming , followed by methane, halogenated gases, and nitrous oxide, all of whose concentrations have increased primarily from human activity.”

Dr. Kevin Trenberth, Distinguished Senior Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research: “Pruitt has demonstrated that he is unqualified to run the EPA or any agency. There is no doubt whatsoever that the planet is warming and it is primarily due to increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from burning of fossil fuels.  

Don Wuebbles, Harry E. Preble Professor of Atmospheric Science at the University of Illinois: “I suggest he talk with his own scientists and read the National Climate Assessment.

Noah Diffenbaugh, Professor in the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences and Kimmelman Family Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment: “We know that global warming is happening, and that the climate is changing. It’s clear that humans are the primary cause. It’s clear that we are already being impacted by climate change here in the United States. 

John Abraham, Professor, School of Engineering, University of St. Thomas: “Actually scientists have known since the mid 1800s that carbon dioxide was a major greenhouse gas. This means Mr. Pruitt’s knowledge is close to 200 years out of date.”

Richard Somerville, Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Research Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego: “CO2 is the most important control on climate. .. Scott Pruitt should begin his new job by accepting the fundamental findings of modern climate science.”

Many other Industry and Political leaders chimed in as well, but the last quatation was, in our opinion, the most significant since it placed Mr. Pruitt’s ignorance of the science of Climate Change into perspective:

David Crane, B-Team leader and former head of NRG: “It is unfortunate that we have people in positions of authority making statements about global warming that are contrary to established science,” said David Crane, B Team leader and co-chair of its Net Zero by 2050 Initiative.  “As the climate changes before our eyes, with the pace of change accelerating and irreversible damage occurring to our polar ice caps and other essential ecosystems, to suggest otherwise is not only an insult to the intelligence of the American people but a danger to the well-being of future Americans.”

Source: Scientists, Leaders Slam Scott Pruitt’s Televised Climate Denial

It’s online at: http://dev.climatenexus.org/climate-change-news/scientists-leaders-slam-scott-pruitts-televised-climate-denial/.

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