EPA head questions connection of climate change to natural disasters

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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheele said on Tuesday that there is “scientific debate” on whether hurricanes and other natural disasters are exacerbated by climate change.

In an interview with Cheddar, Wheeler said he believes in climate change, but hesitated when asked if it was connected to extreme weather events.

“You have to look at some of the causes. For example the wildfires out West, I do believe most of it is forest management issues. Because you don't have the same problems in other parts of the country where they have better forest management issues when they have prescribed burns, and they're able to take care of the dead trees and so forth in the forest. And with the prescribed burns--it’s very important. California has greatly limited those over the years,” Wheeler said.

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