President-elect Donald Trump has selected Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to run his administration’s Environmental Protection Agency. This has CNN’s Chris Cuomo very concerned because Pruitt is a noted climate change skeptic.
On Thursday, Cuomo had a bit of a freakout on New Day, as Newsbusters pointed out, when discussion of Trump’s pick came up. Co-host Alisyn Camerota and the panelists reported on the active lawsuits Pruitt has against the EPA and his overall feeling that the science isn’t settled on global warming/climate change.
This didn’t set well with Cuomo who immediately chastised Pruitt’s opinions on the matter but veered off course in the process.
“Either you accept the science or you don’t,” Cuomo stated emphatically. “People thought the world was flat. People thought blacks and whites shouldn't marry. People thought blacks shouldn't be equal. That doesn't mean you accept it as fact as a leader.”
Despite his insistence that these social ideas are somehow related to the subject at hand, Camerota got him back on track by pointing out why many have reason not to question if the science is clear:
“People thought the Antarctic ice would be gone by now. It increased in 2014. This is what people hang their hat on when they say that the forecasts are not settled. They fluctuate.”
Cuomo forgot that Al Gore predicted we’d all be underwater by now, but that’s because it was called global warming back then and he didn’t recognize it under its new name, climate change.
Keeping the facts together is tough these days at CNN.
Watch the exchange below: