(CNSNews.com) - Environmental Protection Agency nominee Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said Wednesday that he does not believe climate change is a hoax.
“I do not believe that climate change is a hoax,” Pruitt said under questioning from Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.).
“This morning NOAA, NASA has declared 2016 the hottest year in the 137-year-old record that has been kept. Donald Trump has called global warming a hoax caused by the Chinese. Do you agree that global warming is a hoax?” Markey asked.
“I do not, senator,” Pruitt replied.
“So Donald Trump is wrong?” Markey asked.
“I do not believe that climate change is a hoax,” Pruitt said.
As CNSNews.com reported, in his opening statement, Pruitt said, “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.”
Similarly, Interior Secretary nominee Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on Tuesday that he did not believe climate change was “a hoax.”
“Man is an influence. I think where there’s debate on it is what that influence is, what can we do about it, and as the Department of the Interior, I will inherit, if confirmed, the USGS. We have great scientists there. I’m not a climate scientist expert, but I can tell you I will become a lot more familiar with it, and it’ll be based on objective science. I don’t believe it’s a hoax,” said Zinke under questioning from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) about whether climate change is a hoax.