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After Controversial Comments, EPA Administrator Makes No Mention Of Climate Change At CERAWeek In Houston

Scott Pruitt says it’s “a new day” for the Environmental Protection Agency.

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt addresses attendants of CERAWeek at the Hilton Americas in downtown Houston.

In a live interview from Houston Thursday morning, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the science wasn't settled on man-made climate change:

"No, I would not agree that (carbon dioxide) is a primary contributor to the global warming that we see," he told Joe Kernen at CNBC's Squawk Box.

Pruitt is at odds with scientific evidence presented by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, among others.

He made no mention of CO2 during a luncheon event at CERAWeek.

Instead, he spoke about his agenda for the EPA, outlining how it will be different from when it was led by the Obama administration.

"For the last several years, we have adopted a mindset that you can't be pro-energy and pro-environment, that if you're pro-environment, you're anti-energy," he said. "And that's just simply a narrative that I utterly reject."

To achieve his goal, Pruitt said the EPA will do less suing and more taking public comments before making new rules.

He also wants to eliminate what he calls "regulatory uncertainty" and give more power to the states when it comes to environmental regulations.

When Pruitt was Oklahoma's attorney general, he took legal action against the EPA more than a dozen times for what he saw as regulatory overreach.

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