During an interview on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace grilled EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt over denial of climate change and his plan to get rid of most environmental regulations.
“You think that rewriting and, in fact, doing away with the clean power plan is going to improve air quality, which you say is a major goal?” Wallace asked Pruitt.
According to Pruitt, former President Obama got the clean power regulations “through executive fiat” and President Trump has promised to return to the “rule of law.”
Wallace claims that Trump’s deregulation of the environment will mean that the U.S. will be emitting more greenhouse gas than China.
“We have nothing to be apologetic about with respect to the leadership we’ve show as a country,” Pruitt said.
Wallace also pointed out how Pruitt was in the minority when it comes to accepting that humans are to blame for climate change.
“Mr. Pruitt, there are all kinds of studies that contradict you,” Wallace explained. “The UN panel on climate change says it’s 95 percent likely that at least half of the temperature increase since the mid-20th century is due to human activities.”
“Mr. Pruitt, are we supposed to believe that’s all a coincidence?” the Fox host pressed.
Pruitt tried to change the subject and insisted that “the real issue” is that the EPA should not be in charge of regulating greenhouse gasses.
“Sir, you’re sugar coating what you have said,” Wallace shot back. “You said that you would not agree that carbon CO2 is a primary contributor to global warming. And the question I have is, what if you’re wrong? What if, in fact, the Earth is warming, what if it is causing dramatic climate change and that we as humans through carbon emissions are contributing to it?”
“Simple question,” Wallace continued, “what if you’re wrong?”
“The issue is how much we contribute to it from a human activity perspective and what can be done about it from a process perspective,” Pruitt replied.
“But don’t you think the fact that we have these coal power plants belching carbon emissions into the air, you don’t think that plays a role?” Wallace wondered.
“I think that we’ve done better than anybody in the world at burning coal cleanly,” Pruitt stated. “We have nothing to be apologetic about.”