Is PA Dept. of Environmental Protection Secretary really a climate change denier?
The reviews are in and so, for all intents and purposes, is Chris Abruzzo. The former Deputy Chief of Staff to Gov. Corbett received a vote of confidence by the Pennsylvania state Senate on Tuesday, to become the full-time Department of Environmental Protection Secretary as long as Corbett is governor.
But Abruzzo’s potential post is not without controversy.
Called a climate change denier by a host of liberal websites and even the state Democratic Party, Abruzzo and his team have had to play cleanup crew over the last few days, attempting to clear the record. And that ain’t easy.
Because according to an interview he conducted with StateImpact PA, Abruzzo (who is actually acting DEP head in the meantime) has “not read any scientific studies that would lead me to conclude there are adverse impacts to human beings, animals, or plant life at this small level of climate change.”
So while he doesn’t necessarily deny climate change exists, he’s just not sure it’s having any real effect on us.
“I have not read any scientific studies that would lead me to conclude there are adverse impacts to human beings, animals, or plant life at this small level of climate change,” he told State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-MontCo) when pressed on the topic. “I do agree that it exists, and I think that there are things that we, not only as Pennsylvanians, but we as Americans and we as citizens of the planet can do to address some of the factors that contribute to climate change.”
That’s a common response from conservatives who often don’t want to be labeled hippies by their base, but still want to maintain a sense of reality: That maybe climate change—which you and I know as “global warming”—exists, but hey, who cares? Fun in the sun, sister!
To admit it exists and it’s bad and we need to do something about it leads some conspiracy- and/or anti-tax-minded voters to, perhaps, hate you. After all, the only way to stop global warming is to work together (socialism), tax the activities that lead to increased global warming (anti-business) and, eventually, induct a worldwide tax since the warming is, after all, “global.” Then, and only then, will the Illuminati, who are breeding Reptilians underneath the Denver Airport as we speak, rule us all via implanted microchips which track our every move, from the United Nations.
Except this: when Leach sent out a press release noting Abruzzo’s statements and his supposed climate shrug, Abruzzo responded saying it never happened.
“I was … disappointed to read your press release, which stated that I do not believe climate change is man-made; is not a problem; and that our state has absolutely no obligation to do anything whatsoever to address it,” he wrote. “I never made these statements, and they do not reflect my beliefs nor those of DEP or the Administration. To the contrary, I acknowledged that climate change is real, is affected by humans, and that I believe the people of Pennsylvania are doing their fair share to address what is, by definition, a global issue requiring a global response.”
So, there you have it. Maybe? I don’t know. Either way, the Pennsylvania Democratic and Republican parties overwhelmingly supported his nomination with just eight Democrats voting against. Say hello to your permanent job, guy.