Nominee breaks with Trump: Humans are main cause of climate change

Nominee breaks with Trump: Humans are main cause of climate change
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President Trump’s pick to lead the nation’s top atmospheric office said in his confirmation hearing Wednesday that he agrees that humans are the primary cause of climate change, according to The Washington Post.

Barry Myers, CEO of the private weather forecasting company AccuWeather, was nominated last month to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Sen. Edward MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyMake the moon a refueling station — then head to Mars Dems push FEMA on housing help for displaced Puerto Ricans Overnight Energy: Trump moves to roll back Obama auto emissions standards | California vows to sue | Senate Dem looks to block plan in Congress MORE (D-Mass.) asked Myers if he agrees with the recent federal report that said humans are the primary driver of climate change, to which Myers responded affirmatively, the Post reported.

“I have no reason to disagree with the reports,” he said.

Myers then said “yes” when Markey asked, “So you agree humans are the main cause of climate change?”

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Myers's position is a departure from other Trump administration science appointees. EPA Administrator Scott PruittEdward (Scott) Scott PruittPelosi seizes on anti-corruption message against GOP Al Gore: Trump has had 'less of an impact on environment so far than I feared' Understanding EPA’s fuzzy math MORE and Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryOvernight Energy: Trump Cabinet officials head west | Zinke says California fires are not 'a debate about climate change' | Perry tours North Dakota coal mine | EPA chief meets industry leaders in Iowa to discuss ethanol mandate Perry: US to become net energy exporter within 18 months New Homeland Security unit will battle threats to critical U.S. assets MORE have publicly questioned the science behind climate change, including the role of humans.

Another Trump environmental pick, Kathleen Hartnett White, once said that belief in global warming is “paganism” for “secular elites.”

Trump said throughout his campaign that global warming is a Chinese “hoax” and has filled his administration with climate change skeptics.