Furor after EPA pulls scientists from panel
USA TODAY WASHINGTON The Environmental Protection Agency is drawing heat for pulling its scientists from a panel discussion Monday in Rhode Island as part of a conference spotlighting the effects of climate change on the Narragansett Bay.
The withdrawal of the two scientists as well as an agency consultant has sparked fresh criticism about EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s skepticism toward the broad scientific community’s conclusion that human-caused global warming is a fact and a growing concern.
The conference where the scientists were scheduled to speak is coinciding with the release of a report showing the threats of climate change to Narragansett Bay, the 196square-mile estuary whose watershed encompasses 1,705 square miles with more than 100 towns and cities that are home to nearly 2 million people.
“Climate change is affecting air and water temperatures, precipitation, sea level, and fish in the Narragansett Bay region,” the report, which was partially funded by the EPA, concludes.