EPA staffers get talking points playing down human role in climate change

This article discusses how EPA is now telling its scientist to downplay the impact humans are having on climate change.

Environmental Protection Agency staffers received a list of “talking points” this week instructing them to underscore the uncertainties about how human activity contributes to climate change.

A career employee in the department’s Office of Public Affairs distributed the eight talking points to regional staffers. The list offered suggestions on ways to talk with local communities and Native American tribes about how to adapt to extreme weather, rising seas and other environmental challenges.

Employees crafted the email, first disclosed Wednesday by The Huffington Post, on the basis of controversial — and scientifically unsound — statements that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt has made about the current state of climate research.

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