Trump’s energy chief stuns with climate change claim

US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has contested traditional scientific opinion in stating that he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming.

The former governor of Texas has contradicted research done by NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the EPA, and his own agency, but echoes the comments of Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt.

Perry, instead, commented on CNBC that ‘ocean waters and this environment that we live in’ were the most likely causes of climate change. Both Perry and Pruitt have contested the opinion that government regulations and policies will help the impact on climate.

The stance towards climate change in the US is currently unstable, with President Donald Trump recently withdrawing the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change - quoting the ‘economic disadvantage’ to the US as his reasons for doing so.

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