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 MarkeyThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: AAA predicts busiest travel since 2005 | Trump’s stunning Saudi Arabia statement | Romaine lettuce E. coli contamination | Fudge endorses Pelosi | Holiday festivities in D.C. The Hill's Morning Report — Key decisions loom for Trump after Thanksgiving Overnight Health Care: Drug industry nervous about Grassley | CDC warns public not to eat romaine lettuce | Sanders unveils new drug pricing bill 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 PruittOvernight Energy: EPA official steps down after indictment on ethics charges | Sanders to hold town hall on climate | Zinke slams 'environmental radicals' for fires Trump EPA official resigns after indictment on ethics charges Overnight Energy: Trump to nominate Wheeler as EPA chief | House votes to remove protections for gray wolves | Lawmakers aim to pass disaster funds for California fires MORE and Energy Secretary Rick PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryEnergy Department defends Rick Perry’s wife's travel Texas New Members 2019 Senate should reject Trump’s radical nominee to key energy panel 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.