EPA Head Refuses To Talk About Climate Change As Irma Approaches
Hurricane Irma has already hit many parts of the Carribean and it’s now making its way to Florida. This will make it the second Category 4 hurricane to hit the U.S. in the span of 2 weeks, yet Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), refuses to talk about how climate change has placed a big role in these hurricanes.
Pruitt spoke with CNN on Thursday addressing the issue.
“Here’s the issue,” Pruitt told CNN. “To have any kind of focus on the cause and effect of the storm; versus helping people, or actually facing the effect of the storm, is misplaced.”
He continued: “What we need to focus on is access to clean water, addressing these areas of Superfund activities that may cause an attack on water, these issues of access to fuel. … Those are things so important to citizens of Florida right now, and to discuss the cause and effect of these storms, there’s the … place (and time) to do that, it’s not now.”
The EPA is supposed to protect the environment, but Pruitt is undoing almost every Obama-era rules. These rules include numerous major climate change regulations, limiting greenhouse gases from power plants, cars, oil and natural gas drilling and elsewhere.
Pruitt refuses to accept what scientists and environmentalists are saying, that climate change caused by human activity has caused these hurricanes to be more severe due to the warmer oceans.
While Harvey was hitting Texas last week, Pruitt told Breitbart Radio that it was “opportunistic” and “misplaced” for the media to ask about the role of climate change in the storm.