WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 4: Plaque outside the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in downtown Washington, DC on May 4, 2015. (Shutterstock/Mark Van Scyoc)
The Trump administration’s potential nominees to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Science Advisory Board (SAB) are skeptical of man-made climate change.
The SAB is responsible for reviewing scientific data used by the EPA to support its regulations, E&E News reports. The board also advises the EPA and its secretary on “broad scientific matters,” according to the EPA.
The EPA submitted a list of 132 scientists and climate experts as possible SAB members. Around a dozen people on the list are outspoken against the importance of climate change in the regulatory agencies’ decisions, E&E reports.
Joseph D’Aleo, a meteorologist and cofounder of The Weather Channel, is one of the potential skeptics recommended for nomination.
“We’re going to push for reconsideration, start from scratch and put together the best science,” D’Aleo told E&E News. “If CO2 is not a serious pollutant, let’s focus the attention of the EPA on other issues.”
Paul Driessen, another potential nominee to the SAB, is a senior adviser to the libertarian environmental think tank Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT), E&E reports.
“The world must abandon this suicidal Global Warming crusade,” CFACT said according to E&E. “Man does not and cannot control the climate.”