Jim Brainard, the six-term Republican mayor of Carmel, IN, had deemed EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt “extremely liberal” for Pruitt’s assertion that human activity is not a “primary contributor to the global warming we see.”
In a statement later, Mayor Brainard — one of only four from the GOP to serve on an Obama White House task force for climate change — revised his critique, referring instead to Mr. Pruitt as “extremely reckless”:
“I am not a scientist but I believe we need to pay attention to what people who have dedicated their lives to a field of study have to say. I am disappointed by the risky and extremely reckless approach taken by Administrator Pruitt when he challenges the scientists conclusions that humans contribute to global warming. A true conservative would cautiously take the position carefully researched by the scientific community as correct. A true conservative would hesitate to risk our future on nonscientific opinions. A true conservative would be prepared for the worst.”
Some might see the Mayor’s willingness to speak out against his own party leadership on this issue as a bit risky.
(And the fact that Al Gore tweeted plaudits for him probably adds little to his GOP credentials: https://mobile.twitter.com/algore/status/839572255428468736).
But the Mayor is obviously quite passionate on this issue and is eager to show Americans that “conservative” can mean someone who cares for the environment rather than allowing it to be further destroyed.