“I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do, and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact. So no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see. But we don’t know that yet. … We need to continue the debate and continue the review and the analysis.” EPA head Scott Pruitt basically rejected the notion that climate change is being driven by human activities and increased carbon dioxide emissions.

+ Why would Pruitt make the claim that accepted science is actually an ongoing debate? Because that messaging works. More than half of Americans agree.

+ WaPo: “A new White House proposal would slash the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget by 24 percent and eliminate 38 of its programs. One of the programs on the kill list is the Energy Star program.” Good for the environment, saves consumers money … yeah, we better get rid of that one quick.

+ On the other side of the spectrum, Russian scientists are trying to stave off catastrophic climate change — by resurrecting an Ice Age biome complete with lab-grown woolly mammoths.