In April, Milloy was in the audience at EPA headquarters when Pruitt proposed a rule that would restrict some types of science that the agency can use to craft regulations. A smile beamed across this face. Major science organizations point out that the rule would exclude some of the most important air pollution studies ever conducted, because they use data that are unavailable to the public.
Milloy celebrated with Marc Morano, who tweets under the moniker @ClimateDepot and works for the conservative Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow. They were in the Rachel Carson Green Room, named after the famed environmentalist, who Milloy said "misrepresented the existing science on bird reproduction and was wrong about DDT causing cancer."
Morano: "If you look at actual data, in 2003, in the month of August, in Europe, 35,000 people died, 14,000 in France alone, from a heat wave. Widely blamed on the fact they didn't have enough air-conditioning and air-conditioning wasn't widely available. So as we go forward, you look back to the 1930s, thousands died in heat waves. Heat waves kill. Air-conditioning saves lives."
As Marc Morano, publisher of the influential Washington D.C.-based Climatedepot.com, explained, “His EPA reform agenda is their biggest threat…Pruitt is the target like no other because he has dared to actually reverse the green agenda in D.C. They will keep going until they claim Pruitt’s head!”
If Wirth and others felt sure of the science, why the stagecraft?
Fast forward eight more years and things get bizarre. As Marc Morano points out in his Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change, Wirth wholly recanted in 2015. Indeed, he advised the Washington Post that the above-described events actually didn’t happen.