Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt again dodged on Sunday when asked if President Donald Trump believes that climate change is man-made and accused people asking about his position on the issue of trying to create a distraction from the debate around the Paris Climate Agreement.
While Pruitt said that Trump has indicated that “the climate changes” in an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s “This Week,” he repeatedly avoided answering whether or not the president believes the scientific consensus that global temperatures are warming due to human activity, namely carbon emissions.
“Frankly, George, I think the whole question is an effort to get it off the point and the issue of whether Paris is good for this country or not,” Pruitt said. “And the president has indicated the climate changes.”
Trump announced on Thursday that the U.S. intends to exit the Paris Climate Agreement, a pact reached by more than 190 countries to set targets to reduce carbon emissions to combat climate change.
Trump has previously called climate change a “hoax” manufactured by the Chinese, and after the Thursday announcement, his aides avoided questions about whether he still believes that conspiracy theory.
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley seemed to suggest that he does not buy into that theory in an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation” this weekend.
She said Trump believes that the “climate is changing” and said he believes “pollutants” are part of it, though she did not specify if he believes global warming is primarily caused by human activity.
“The president believes the climate is changing,” Haley said. “And he does know that pollutants are a part of that equation.”
The former South Carolina governor added: "We’ve got a president who is going to watch out for the environment. It’s what we do, it’s who we are."