EPA Scientific Integrity Office Reviewing Pruitt’s Comments On Carbon

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency?s scientific integrity watchdog is reviewing whether EPA chief Scott Pruitt violated the agency?s policies when he said in a television interview he does not believe carbon dioxide is driving global climate change, according to an email seen by Reuters on Friday.

Lawyers for environmental group the Sierra Club had asked the EPA?s Office of Inspector General to check whether Pruitt violated policy when he told a CNBC interviewer on March 9, ?I would not agree that it?s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.?

The EPA Inspector General?s office responded to the Sierra Club on Thursday in an email, saying it had referred the matter to the EPA?s Scientific Integrity Officer, Francesca Grifo, for review.

?If after the SIO review, she concludes there is some aspect of the letter itself, or her findings or conclusions that she believes are appropriate for further consideration by the OIG, she will so notify the OIG,? the email stated.

A spokesman for the EPA did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and efforts to reach Grifo were not immediately successful.

The EPA website says its scientific integrity policy requires EPA officials and staff to ensure the agency?s work respects the findings of the broader scientific community.

An overwhelming majority of scientists think that carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels are a major contributor to global climate change, triggering sea level rise, droughts and more frequent violent storms.

The request by Sierra Club ramps up tension between the U.S. environmental movement and the administration of President Donald Trump, who has called global warming a hoax meant to weaken the U.S. economy and has packed his cabinet with people who question the science of climate change.

Grifo is a biologist who was hired by former President Barack Obama?s administration. Before she joined the EPA in late 2013, she oversaw scientific integrity at the Union of Concerned Scientists, a non-partisan group advocating stronger environmental protections.

Pruitt, a former attorney general for Oklahoma, sued the EPA more than a dozen times over its regulations as top prosecutor for the oil and gas producing state.

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Teen With Down Syndrome Got Asked To Prom In The Sweetest Way

Sure, it?s a little cheesy but this just might be the most thoughtful prom proposal ever.

On Sunday, the Facebook page Love What Matters posted a heart-meltingly cute video of 18-year-old Shaedon Wedel asking his best friend?s little sister to the prom. 

Carlie Wittman, 15, has Down syndrome and her favorite chips are Doritos. Naturally, Shaedon tried to work some nacho cheese-inspired comedy into his prom invite.

?I decided on the Doritos theme because I have known her for seven years and there has not been a day that I have not seen her eat Doritos,? the high school senior told The Huffington Post. ?She absolutely loves them!?

Here?s the truly inspired shirt he made:

?I know I?m NACHO typical Dorito,? the shirt reads. ?But I?m going to be CHEESY and ask: WILL YOU GO TO PROM WITH ME??

It?s fair to say Carlie was thrilled about the punny proposal. Just look at her reaction: 

The pair are scheduled to go to the senior prom on April 22. The sweet moment has garnered more than 108,000 ?likes? and 32,000 shares on Facebook ? and that number keeps climbing. 

?We taped it because she loves to be on the camera; we didn?t expect this to go so viral,? Shaedon said. ?It has been a very neat and exciting experience.?

Initially, Shaedon, Carlie, and Carlie?s brother Carson ? Shaedon?s best friend ? were going to go to prom as a group. But after Carson met his girlfriend during the school year, Shaedon moved forward with his plans to ask Carlie.

?She says she wants to be a princess like Cinderella and it would mean everything to make her feel that way,? he told HuffPost. ?The Whitmans are basically my second family and have been so kind and nurturing to me. My main goal is to make Carlie?s prom as special as possible.?

Nacho about you, but we?d say Shaedon is well on his way to doing just that.

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