EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has tried to deny a scientific fact: that carbon dioxide is a major contributor to global warming. It is not the strongest greenhouse gas, but it is not about potency; it is about overall effect. The change that best accounts for the warming of our planet is the human production of carbon dioxide.
There is not only an ideological danger in flagrantly denying scientific consensus; there is a practical one. In order to plan, to strategize and to administer environmental protection, you have to have all the facts. Without having tested and credible facts at your disposal, you are going to have a hard time planning for the future. Being convinced of something is not the same as knowing something. And when you build judgments on falsehoods, the people who depend on you will suffer. And we all depend on a healthy environment.
Thinking that acorns grow into roses will make you a bad gardener. I suspect Mr. Pruitt doesn’t do a lot of gardening.