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Head Of EPA Says Mentioning Climate Change Is ‘Insensitive’ To People Living In Florida
8 months ago

Hurricane Irma has already ravaged areas of the Caribbean on its way to the East Coast of the U.S., with Florida bracing itself.

Rather than bringing up climate change now, after multiple powerful storms cropped up in the past few weeks, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt thinks we should be focusing on helping victims.

In a phone interview with CNN, Pruitt said:

To have any kind of focus on the cause and effect of the storm, versus helping people, or actually facing the effect of the storm, is misplaced. What we need to focus on is access to clean water, addressing these areas of superfund activities that may cause an attack on water, these issues of access to fuel... Those are things so important to citizens of Florida right now, and to discuss the cause and effect of these storms, there's (and time) to do that, it's not now. 

The Trump administration has continued to remain adamant that climate change is a "hoax," with the Pruitt-led EPA pushing for rollbacks on regulations such as greenhouse gas emissions, a widely-accepted factor in global warming according to a majority of scientists.

Florida's Department of Environmental Protection doesn't allow the words "climate change" or "global warming" to be used in official communications.

Pruitt may believe something should be done about climate change, but not right now. He said:

Congress should address that at some point. And Congress hasn't. All I'm saying to you is, to use time and effort to address it at this point is very, very insensitive to the people in Florida.

Not everyone agreed with Pruitt:

So when is a good time to talk about it?

There are a few other "insensitive" things to consider:

Pruitt might want to watch out: