As it turns out, 97 percent of the world’s scientists are wrong about climate change. This is the conclusion of the recently confirmed head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt. We presume he has some scientific data to back up his claim today that carbon dioxide is not a “primary contributor” to the climate change he insists he believes in. So I guess actually the scientists are right, but also still wrong about what they’re right about.
Many are rightfully concerned with Pruitt’s denial of basic facts:
— EDF (@EnvDefenseFund) March 9, 2017
Last May, when Pruitt, then the Attorney General for the state of Oklahoma, wrote an op-ed in the notoriously right-wing National Review criticizing Democratic attorneys general for cowing to the “green-energy interests and environmentalist lobbying groups,” nobody had any idea that he would be the next leader of the agency responsible for protecting our planet from the avarice of industrial greed. Heck, when he was confined to the Home of the Quakenado™ nobody really had to give a second thought to some idiot trying to snarl “green energy” like he was talking about Timothy McVeigh’s fertilizer.
From the piece that Pruitt co-authored with Luther Strange, then the AG for Alabama and more recently the Senate replacement for white supremacist monster Jeff Sessions, who has gone on to a far more dangerous job:
Healthy debate is the lifeblood of American democracy, and global warming has inspired one of the major policy debates of our time. That debate is far from settled. Scientists continue to disagree about the degree and extent of global warming and its connection to the actions of mankind.
That’s not precisely true. And by “precisely,” I mean it’s not true at all. If you were in a room with 100 people and 97 of them said “It smells like farts in here, and it wasn’t me,” that’s not a disagreement about whether it stinks in there. That’s just three dudes who had Chipotle for lunch and didn’t bring enough for everyone.
One hopes that eventually Scott Pruitt will develop a persistent cough.