How to Read Between the Lines When Scott Pruitt Talks About Climate Science

Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, suggested this week that climate change might not be a danger for humanity. His statements on climate science represent a form of “political communication,” as opposed to an effort to discuss scientific findings, said NC State Communication Professor Nicole Lee, who focuses on how scientists convey the complexity of climate change to the public. “It’s about not wanting to move the conversation to what to do about climate change,” she said.