Enlarge / Scott Pruitt during his confirmation hearings. (credit: Aaron P.

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Last week, newly appointed EPA head Scott Pruitt made some comments about climate change that were clearly at odds with a basic scientific understanding of the climate.
Since then, various groups of scientists have pointed out just how wrong he was and have offered to help out if he decides to come to grips with reality.
First, a reminder of what Pruitt said during a CNBC interview:
I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do, and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact.
So no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.

But we don’t know that yet. We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis.
That statement is wrong on a number of levels, and various groups have not been shy in pointing out its flaws.

The day following, the head of the American Geophysical Union, Eric Davidson, penned a short response. “In contrast with [Pruitt’s] statement,” he wrote, “an impressive array of scientific societies and many academies of science, national governments, and other organizations worldwide have agreed on the scientific basis of climate change and the conclusion that human actions are a primary driver.” He referred Pruitt to the AGU’s position statement on climate change, which calls for urgent action on humanity’s role in climate change.
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