President Donald Trump has come under fire yet again for having a White House team who questions current theories on Climate Change. Social media users are referring to the President’s administration as Climate Change Deniers, and the media are in the process of using questionable conclusions to mock the lineup.
The EPA has been the heaviest hit by news media, with criticisms levied at the new administrator, Scott Pruitt. He has questioned whether carbon dioxide is the “primary contributor” to “climate change” and suggested that there should be a “public debate over climate change science.” To many people, this may seem like a perfectly valid idea. Especially since the job of science is to continually question, but those who oppose further investigation and questioning are sorely angered.
Former EPA administrator, Christine Whitman, said that Pruitt’s suggestions were “shameful” and that:
“I think it’s going to have a chilling effect on science overall because it’s going to elevate those scientists who are in the vast minority and give them a stage that, frankly, they don’t deserve.” “It’s wasting taxpayer money and making it an even more difficult issue for the average person to wade through, which I think is part of the political agenda, to make the case that we don’t need to do anything about this issue.”
She has received pushback on her op-ed piece saying that she is suggesting shutting down opposite or differing opinions and that if an idea cannot stand up to outside scrutiny, then it is probably not a solid idea.
Pruitt’s appointments have also caused a stir. He has put in position Cathy Stepp as a principal deputy regional administrator for the Midwest. The controversy surrounding Stepp is that some time ago she “questioned” the role of humans in climate change. Again, many see this as a valid question with no provably accurate answer currently. While there are provable amounts of man-made carbons in the atmosphere, it is yet unknown what impact it has on climate.
Questions asked about the validity of climate change science have been met with anger instead of answers. The largest defense in place at present is the oft-repeated statement that “97% of scientists agree that global warming/climate change is caused by humans.” It has been quoted by former President Barack Obama, and most other voices on the same side, yet this has been disputed by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the National Review and many other sources as a “lie.”
There is a general consensus in the scientific community that global warming and/or climate change is real. Whether human activity is the cause of it or a contributing factor is not nearly as clear. Much less whether we can actually do anything to stop or change it. The recent hurricanes and massive wildfires have reinvigorated the climate change debate. However, there can be no debate or solutions found as long as one side of the argument cites provably false data and accuses the opposition of being science-deniers when they question that data.
Mark is a political writer and journalist who has worked on campaigns for Brexit.