API Downstream Group Director Frank Macchiarola said that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) action to put an administrative stay on the agency's Risk Management Plan Rule is important to protecting the security of industrial facilities throughout the country.
"Administrator Pruitt's comments are perfectly in keeping with the scientific integrity policy", John Konkus, an EPA spokesman, said in an email.
The Sierra Club asked that the Inspector General investigate the comments and whether they violated standards.
In a CNBC interview last week, Pruitt said he "would not agree that [carbon dioxide is] a primary contributor to the global warming that we see", something that does not align with the EPA's own previous findings, nor the overwhelming scientific consensus regarding the matter. Pruitt is nothing more than a puppet for the fossil fuel industry.
Former Vice President Al Gore called his comments an "obviously false assertion" and the American Meteorological Society (AMS) said it was "indisputable" that humans are causing global warming.
President Trump's plan to slash the budget of the Environmental Protection Agency by nearly a third will cripple an already underfunded agency, endangering public health and the quality of Americans' drinking water and air, said EWG President Ken Cook. In a section about climate change, the EPA website states that "most of the warming of the past half century has been caused by human emissions of greenhouse gases".
The request ramps up tension between the USA environmental movement and the administration of President Donald Trump, who has called global warming a hoax meant to weaken the US economy and has packed his Cabinet with people who question the science of climate change.
"It is critical that EPA and all federal agencies maintain effective conflict of interest policies and ethics requirements in order to ensure government operates in an honest and transparent manner", the letter said.