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EPA chief says may launch public climate debate in January

EPA chief says may launch public climate debate in January
From Reuters - December 7, 2017

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could launch a public debate about climate change as soon as January, administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday, as the agency continued to unwind Obama-era initiatives to fight global warming.

The agency had been working over the last several months to set up a red team, blue team debate on the science relating to manmade climate change to give the public a real-time review of questions and answers around this issue of CO2, Pruitt said.

We may be able to get there as early as January next year, he told the House energy and commerce committee during his first Congressional hearing since taking office.

Pruitt and other senior members of President Donald Trumps administration have repeatedly cast doubt on the scientific consensus that carbon dioxide (CO2) from human consumption of fossil fuels is driving climate change, triggering rising sea levels, droughts, and more frequent, powerful storms.

In June, Trump pulled the United States out of a global pact to fight climate change, saying the deal was too costly to the U.S. economy and would hurt the oil drilling and coal mining industries.

Pruitt is reportedly vetting a list of scientists that have expressed doubts over climate change to take part in the upcoming debates, including some that have been recommended by conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation.

An EPA official did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the selection of scientists.

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