Rex Tillerson, for State Dept.
“The increase in the greenhouse-gas concentrations in the atmosphere are having an effect. Our ability to predict that effect is very limited.”
Jeff Sessions, for Justice Dept. (attorney general)
“I don’t deny that we have global warming. In fact, the theory of it always struck me as plausible, and it’s the question of how much is happening and what the reaction would be to it.”
Ryan Zinke, for Interior Dept.
“I do not believe it is a hoax. . . . I think where there’s debate on it is what [the human] influence is and what can we do about it.”
Scott Pruitt, for Environmental Protection Agency
“Science tells us that the climate is changing, and human activity in some matter impacts that change. The ability to measure with precision the degree and extent of that impact and what to do about it are subject to continuing debate and dialogue, and well it should be.”
Rick Perry, for Energy Dept.
“I believe the climate is changing. I believe some of it is naturally occurring, but some of it is also caused by man-made activity. The question is how we address it in a thoughtful way that doesn’t compromise economic growth.”
Tom Price, for Health and Human Services
“The climate is obviously changing, continuously changing. The question from a scientific standpoint is what effect does human behavior and human activity have on that, and what we can do to mitigate that. And I believe that’s a question that needs to be studied and evaluated.”
Mike Pompeo, for CIA
The CIA’s role is to “understand threats to the world. … to the extent that changes in climatic activity are part of that foreign intelligence collection task, we will deliver that information.”