Andrew Wheeler, President Trump’s pick for EPA administrator, clashed with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday over whether climate change is a global crisis during a contentious confirmation hearing that saw environmental protesters ejected from the room.
“Do you agree with the scientific community that climate change is a global crisis that must be addressed in an aggressive way?” Sanders asked.
During the hearing before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Sanders slammed Trump for past comments referring to climate change as a hoax.
Asked if he agrees, Wheeler replied, “I have not used the ‘hoax’ word myself.”
“Now how does it happen that the nominee to be head of the Environmental Protection Agency does not mention the words climate change at the time when the scientific community thinks that climate change is the great environmental crisis facing this planet?” Sanders asked.