Scott Pruitt, the secretary of the Environmental Protection Agency, pondered in a news interview whether climate change was an existential threat to human, something scientists overwhelmingly agree on.
"No one disputes the climates changes, is changing," Pruitt said in an interview with Las Vegas NBC affiliate KSNV. "We obviously contribute to it," he said, adding that measuring climate change with precision is challenging.
But, Pruitt said the bigger question in the climate change discussion is "is it an existential threat? Is it something that is unsustainable, or what kind of effect or harm is this going to have?"
Pruitt said that humans have "most flourished" during periods of warming climate trends and argued that people make assumptions about "whether or not that's necessarily a bad thing."
"Do we really know what the ideal surface temperature should be in the year 2100 in the year 2018?" Pruitt asked.
Pruitt sat down with News 3's Gerard Ramalho Tuesday morning to discuss a variety of issues, including mining regulation, climate change, the Paris Climate Accord and President Trump’s desires to roll back coal regulation.
Pruitt arrived in Nevada Monday and spent time with Governor Brian Sandoval touring the Anaconda Mine in Lyon County. He also visited with miners at the Coeur Rochester Mine in Lovelock to discuss regulatory reforms to preserve jobs in the mining industry.