>> So, if confirmed, I would lead the EPA.>> President-elect Donald Trump's pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, grilled during his Senate confirmation hearing Wednesday, over his ties to the Energy Industry and his scepticism regarding climate change. Protesters could be heard shouting as Pruitt introduced himself as the right man to lead the EPA, despite the fact that he has sued the agency more than a dozen times as Oklahoma's top lawyer.
In a break with his boss Donald Trump's previous statements on climate change, Pruitt's saying global warming is not a hoax.>> I do not believe that climate change is a hoax.>> But when grilled further in a tense exchange with Democratic firebrand Bernie Sanders, Pruitt wouldn't be pinned down.
>> This body>> Why is the climate changing?>> Senator, in response to the CO2 issue, the EPA administrator is constrained by statutes>> I'm asking you a personal opinion.>> My personal opinion is immaterial.>> Really.>> To the job of->> Democratic senators also challenged Pruitt's ties to the Energy Industry, questioning if he would advocate for big business interests over the health of US citizens as well as acknowledge the role fracking plays in the record number of earthquakes recently in Oklahoma.
>> Senator let me say I'm very concerned about the connection between activity in Oklahoma.>> When pressed, Pruitt saying he would recuse himself from ongoing EPA cases as required by the ethics commission.