Scott Pruitt, the head of the EPA, or Environmental Protection Agency, has reportedly had his office inundated with phone calls since a recent TV appearance where he expressed a controversial view on climate change.
A story by the Washington Post states, "The calls to Pruitt's main line...reached such a high volume by Friday that agency officials created an impromptu call center, according to three agency employees. The officials asked for anonymity out of fear of retaliation."
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An agency spokeswoman told the media outlet that about 300 calls and emails had been received.
The controversy stemmed from Pruitt's appearance on CNBC's 'Squawk Box' Friday when he was asked if he believes "CO2 is the primary control knob for climate."
Pruitt responded by saying, "No, I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do, and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see."
He then added, "But we don't know that yet. We need to continue the debate and continue the review and analysis."
However, according to NPR, "Those statements are at odds with an overwhelming body of scientific evidence showing that humans are causing the climate to warm by releasing CO2 into the atmosphere."
Several scientists and elected officials have since spoken out against Pruitt's views.
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