(CNSNews.com) - Environmental Protection Agency nominee Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Wednesday addressed the issue of climate change, saying, “the ability to measure the precision, the degree and extent” of the impact of human activity on the changing climate “are subject to continuing debate and dialogue.”
“Science tells us that climate is changing and that human activity in some manner impacts that change. The ability to measure with precision, the degree and extent of that impact and what to do about it are subject to continuing debate and dialogue, and well it should be,” Pruitt said during opening testimony of his confirmation hearing.
Pruitt said “open and civil discourse” on the issue of climate change should be encouraged.
“Oftentimes as policy makers, you deal with very contentious issues. I have as attorney general of Oklahoma as well. We deal with weighty issues, and there’s passion on both sides of issues, but we should not succumb to personalizing matters. We should encourage open and civil discourse. One such issue where civil discourse is absent involves climate change,” Pruitt said.