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Ben Geman Mar 9, 2017
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EPA plays down Pruitt climate furor

Susan Walsh / AP

EPA has a message about Scott Pruitt's instantly controversial new comments about climate change: nothing to see here.

QuoteHe made a statement this morning that is consistent with his prior statements — John Konkus, an EPA spokesman, to reporters in Houston.

However, Pruitt also went a bit further than his past public remarks Thursday when he told CNBC that he does not agree that carbon dioxide is a "primary contributor to the global warming that we see." That diverges a lot from the dominant view among scientists about the role of human-induced carbon emissions in the global warming that's underway.