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Pruitt argues warm temperatures from climate change could be good

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt thinks climate change might be a good thing — because mankind does well in warm weather.

“We know humans have most flourished during times of warming trends,” Pruitt said in an interview with NBC affiliate KSNV in Nevada. “There are assumptions made that because the climate is warming that necessarily is a bad thing.”

Pruitt has been regularly criticized for tamping down the effects of climate change, and ending Obama-era environmental regulations.

While he’s previously challenged the notion of climate change — saying carbon dioxide wasn’t a contributing factor — he acknowledged to KSNV that humans “to a certain degree” were responsible for the Earth’s temperature rising.

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The Trump administration has also played down the effects of climate change, despite a White House-approved report issued in November which noted mankind was partially at fault.

But Pruitt challenged the consensus among leading scientists that the planet is getting warmer, which several U.S. agencies have noted could create new humanitarian challenges.

“Do we know what the ideal surface temperature should be in the year 2100 or year 2018?” he said during the KSNV interview. “It’s fairly arrogant for us to think we know exactly what it should be in 2100.”

There should be an “honest, transparent debate about what we do know and what we don’t know, so the American people can be informed and make decisions on their own,” Pruitt continued.

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President Trump has challenged the notion behind climate change in the past.

During a December coldsnap, he tweeted the country could do with “a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against.”

Some researchers have argued a global thawing will unlock untapped resources and nature in places like the arctic.

But reports from the EPA also caution rising sea levels, changes in air quality and threats to food production.

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Climate expert Michael Mann told the Guardian that skeptics are now changing their tune about climate change.

“As the evidence becomes ever more compelling that climate change is real and human-caused, the forces of denial turn to other specious arguments, like ‘it will be good for us,’” Mann, who works at Penn State University, told the newspaper. “There is no consistency at all to their various arguments other than that we should continue to burn fossil fuels.”

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