Republicans trying new way to avoid disagreement on climate change issue

Prior to the presidential election, Donald Trump and other Republicans openly denied scientific evidence suggesting that human activities like burning of fossil fuels are responsible for climate change. But, following the election, Republicans are apparently trying a new path on climate change to avoid disagreement.

Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt who has been chosen by Trump to run the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has long been a skeptic of manmade climate change, but in a recent speech he just said that the human ability to measure the extent of human activities’ impact of climate change is subject of debate.

Speaking on the topic, he said, “Science tells us that the climate is changing and human activity in some manner impacts that change. The human ability to measure with precision the extent of that impact is subject to continuing debate and dialogue, as well they should be.”

His second sentence indicated the new way that the Trump administration is taking to avoid controversy and disagreement on the issue.

Neither President Trump nor any other member of his team ever assured that the new administration will not roll back steps taken by the Obama administration to tackle climate change.

Analysts say Pruitt and others are trying to avoid overt denial while also signaling to their allies that there is sufficient doubt to justify inaction on carbon (CO2) emissions.