NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stated in January 2016 that the earth's temperature was higher than ever. The average surface temperature has been increasing annually by 2 degrees Fahrenheit since the late 19th century due to humans emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, is incensed with Pruitt's irresponsible belief. Schatz fired off in a statement:
Anyone who denies over a century's worth of established science and basic facts is unqualified to be the administrator of the EPA. Now more than ever, the Senate needs to stand up to Scott Pruitt and his dangerous views.
Sen. Brian Schatz (CREDIT: timedotcom)
Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune said, “The arsonist is now in charge of the fire department, and he seems happy to let the climate crisis burn out of control.”
Brune believes that the EPA now has a legal obligation to properly address carbon dioxide pollution. Brune said, "[Pruitt] is spewing corporate polluter talking points rather than fulfilling the EPA’s mission of protecting our air, our water and our communities."
Michael Brune (CREDIT: grist)
Interestingly at his confirmation in January, Pruitt disagreed with Trump's claim about global warming being a Chinese hoax, and that climate change was real.
Pruitt previously held the position as an Oklahoma attorney general. His notoriety as an anti-abortion lawyer precedes him, and he has fought against transgender rights.
In one of his first speeches as the EPA chief, he focused more on politics than on climate change. He talked about the founding father's discussion of moving the capitol away from New York to the shores of the Potomac as a metaphor to address "our environment and natural resources."