During Friday’s 1:00 p.m. ET hour, MSNBC anchors Stephanie Ruhle and Ali Velshi were aghast at Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler dismissing climate change fearmongering in a recent interview with CBS News. The hosts denounced his comments and even brought on former Obama administration EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to blast him.
“The Trump administration has managed to downplay the impact of climate change again. Andrew Wheeler, the new EPA administrator, insisted the effects of manmade global warming are not here yet,”Ruhle complained as she teed up a clip of Wheeler talking to CBS correspondent Major Garrett in an interview aired Wednesday:
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MAJOR GARRETT: When you hear Democrats running for nomination in 2020 say we’re in a catastrophic situation, is there anything unreasonable about those impressions or that rhetoric?
ANDREW WHEELER: Yes, I think it is unreasonable. On the climate change, it is an important issue that we have to be addressing, and we are addressing it, but most of the threats from climate change are 50 to 75 years out.
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Following the soundbite, Ruhle ranted: “Well, for facts sake, climate change is here, happening right now.Like the historic record-breaking flooding that ripped through the Midwest. You know when what happened? This week.”
Moments later, co-host Ali Velshi bemoaned: “It’s sort of beyond frustrating that an EPA administrator would say that a matter 50 to 75 years out is not important.” McCarthy then joined the program and commiserated with the journalists:
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Wow. Ali and Stephanie, thanks for having me on. The first thing I’m gonna say is I was absolutely dumbfounded by his remark. Now I know this administration tends to be, you know, unencumbered by fact and play fast and loose with science and the law, but this is the EPA administrator.
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