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Trump’s Pick to Lead EPA Would Cause Irreparable Damage to Our Climate
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Trump’s Pick to Lead EPA Would Cause Irreparable Damage to Our Climate

Author Alison Cassady strongly urges the U.S. Senate not to confirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

On January 18, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, announced that 2016 marked the warmest year on record, making it the third consecutive year with such a distinction. In fact, since 2000, this record has been broken five times. These climate anomalies and the long-term trend of rising temperatures are the hallmark of manmade climate change.

The same day as NOAA’s announcement, and just two miles away from NOAA headquarters, a Senate committee was holding a confirmation hearing for Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency. Unfortunately, Pruitt’s track record in Oklahoma and his testimony during his hearing demonstrate that he has no intention of wielding this authority to take any serious action to address climate change.

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