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Letters: Scott Pruitt is trying to suppress an honest discussion about climate change

Re “EPA keeps scientists from speaking about report on climate” (sacbee.com, Oct. 23): The cancellation of EPA scientist participation in the Narragansett Bay Estuary conference is an example of the troubling withdrawal by Donald Trump and Environmental Protection Agency director Scott Pruitt from an honest dialogue on the phenomenon of global warming. In addition to the mentioned effects on the Narragansett Bay Estuary eco-system, there is a scientific consensus that climate warming is exacerbating observable phenomenon: the melting of arctic ice, sea level rise, severity of hurricanes, and intensity of wild fires to name a few. These life events have profound social and economic impact on our nation and the world. Belief is a personal matter and Pruitt is entitled to his own. However, his actions to suppress an honest dialogue concerning climate change and amount to politically motivated attempts to obfuscate basic facts.

Dale Paige, Carmichael

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