"Top U.S. EPA officials are calling efforts to link Hurricane Harvey and climate change 'misplaced' and politically motivated.
'EPA is focused on the safety of those affected by Hurricane Harvey and providing emergency response support, not engaging in attempts to politicize an ongoing tragedy,' EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman told E&E News when asked about some scientists' contention that climate change has exacerbated the storm.
Her comments came after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt earlier this week also brushed off questions about whether the storm was a product of rising global temperatures.
Asked by the conservative outlet Breitbart News Daily what he thought about 'liberal media' linking the storm to climate change, Pruitt said he had not had a chance to watch the news in the midst of emergency response coordination.
'I think at this point to look at things like this and talk about a cause and effect isn't really helping the people of Texas right now,' he said. 'I think for opportunistic media to use this without basis or support to simply engage in a cause-and-effect type of discussion and not focus on the needs of people, I think is misplaced.'"