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 MarkeyEd MarkeyHuman rights can't be a sacrificial lamb for climate action Nearly 140 Democrats urge EPA to 'promptly' allow California to set its own vehicle pollution standards Senate Democrats press administration on human rights abuses in Philippines 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 PruittWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Saluting FOIA on its birthday Watchdog found EPA employees kept on payroll by Trump appointees after they were fired: report MORE and Energy Secretary Rick PerryRick PerryCollege football move rocks Texas legislature Trump tries to spin failed Texas endorsement: 'This was a win' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Officers recount the horror of Jan. 6 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.