For Immediate Release

Organization Profile: 

EPA’s Wheeler: Climate Change ‘Not a Crisis’

WASHINGTON - Andrew Wheeler, acting chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, told a Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday that he doesn’t consider climate change “the greatest crisis” facing the nation but rather “a huge issue that has to be addressed globally.”

Testifying before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, Wheeler – President Trump’s nominee to head the agency officially – was pressed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., on whether he agrees with Trump that climate change is a hoax.

“I believe that climate change is real. I believe that man has an impact on it,” Wheeler said. “I have not used the ‘hoax’ word myself.”

But Wheeler made it clear that he remains a skeptic about the severity of the threat posed by climate change and some of the effects scientists say it is having.

“Are the wildfires in California, are those related to climate change?” Sanders asked.


If you think a better world is possible, support our people-powered media model today

The corporate media puts the interests of the 1% ahead of all of us. That's wrong. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good.

If you believe the survival of independent media is vital to a healthy democracy, please step forward with a donation to nonprofit Common Dreams today:

“There’s probably some relation to climate change,” Wheeler replied. “I think the biggest issue is related to forest management,” which the president has pointed to as the main cause of the fires.

Sanders: “Not the droughts?”

Wheeler: “Not in my opinion.”

“Dismissing the clear threat to Americans from the climate crisis should be enough to immediately disqualify Wheeler from being the head of EPA,” said EWG President Ken Cook. “With many families still reeling from their lives being upended by the impacts of climate change, Americans deserve an EPA administrator who will aggressively engage the crisis, not swat it aside as merely another ‘issue’ that we need to address.”


This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news outlet. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Won't Exist.

Please select a donation method:

The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles.

Share This Article