Description: Complaint to EPA inspector general alleging that EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's statements violated the agency's Scientific Integrity Policy.
Sierra Club Complaint to EPA Inspector General regarding Violation of Scientific Integrity Policy by Administrator Scott Pruitt
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 03/14/2017 Letter Download Complaint submitted to EPA inspector general. Sierra Club Asked EPA Inspector General to Investigate Whether Pruitt Violated Agency’s Scientific Integrity Policy. Sierra Club requested that the EPA inspector general conduct an inquiry into whether EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt’s statements regarding climate change in a television interview on March 9 violated EPA’s Scientific Integrity Policy. When asked whether he believed that “it’s been proven that carbon dioxide is the primary control knob for climate,” Pruitt answered “no” and said that he “would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.” Sierra Club asserted that Pruitt’s statements violated principles of the Scientific Integrity Policy adopted by EPA in 2012 “[b]y stating that carbon dioxide is not a ‘primary contributor’ to global warming, remaining silent on the scientific consensus to the contrary, and exaggerating the disagreement among scientists.”