Although the craziness of the Trump administration has many people wanting to move to other planets, science tells us that Earth is currently the only planet on which humans can survive for long periods of time. For that reason alone, protecting the planet and its resources and ensuring we’re good stewards of those resources, is imperative. Donald Trump’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Scott Pruitt, doesn’t think the Earth’s resources are worth protecting.
It should also come as no surprise that decades of research around the connection between climate change and carbon dioxide is irrelevant to Pruitt. Despite recent data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Pruitt still disputes that carbon dioxide emissions are a major cause of climate change.
Carbon dioxide levels at a U.S. observatory in Hawaii increased by 3 parts per million (ppm) to 405.1 ppm last year, says the NOAA. the NOAA went on to report that the levels have “surged” by 6ppm over two years; this increase is unprecedented as nothing of its magnitude has been noted in the 59 year history of the observatory.
NOAA adds that it has recorded a carbon level of 406ppm already in 2017. They consider this kind of spike “a real shock to the atmosphere.”
Pieter Tans, lead scientist at the NOAA’s Global Greenhouse Reference Network states:
‘The rate of CO2 growth over the last decade is 100 to 200 times faster than what the Earth experienced during the transition from the last Ice Age.’
Carbon dioxide is considered a heat trapping gas. Therefore, when large amounts of carbon are released, the atmosphere holds heat in ways it shouldn’t, at times it shouldn’t, and in places it shouldn’t. When this happens, entire ecological systems are upset and the Earth as it is designed to function, begins to malfunction in many ways.
There has to be systems in place to protect the planet. Unfortunately, Scott Pruitt doesn’t think so.
Pruitt built his legal career fighting the EPA. It makes a lot of sense to have someone run the EPA who has sued the agency 14 times, right?
To watch Pruitt refute decades of proven research about carbon dioxide’s connection to climate change, watch below:
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