The ‘simple question’ that can change your mind about global warming

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace earlier this week asked one of the most important questions put to the Trump administration during its first 100 days in office.

“Simple question, what if you’re wrong?” he asked on Sunday.

Wallace directed this short-but-mind-blowingly-critical question at Scott Pruitt, the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency. The context was climate change. The implication: What if you’re wrong and carbon dioxide pollution — from burning fossil fuels — really is the main driver of global warming? That’s what a near-consensus of climate scientists say, after all.

Pruitt earlier this year equivocated on this point, saying that he “would not agree that (carbon dioxide pollution is) a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.”

“Mr. Pruitt, there are all kinds of studies that contradict you,” Wallace said. “The UN’s panel on climate change says it is at least 95% likely that more than half the temperature increase since the mid-20th century is due to human activities. NOAA — that’s our own National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — says there’s more carbon dioxide now than in the last 400,000 years, and NOAA says 2015 and 2016 are the two hottest years on record.

“Mr. Pruitt, are we supposed to believe that that’s all a coincidence?”

After some back and forth, that all-important question. What if …

“What if, in fact, the Earth is warming? What if it is causing dramatic climate change and that we as humans through carbon emissions are contributing to it?” Wallace asked.

“Simple question, what if you’re wrong?”

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