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Emails show EPA turned to climate skeptics to craft ‘red team-blue team’ exercise

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Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt listens as President Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

The Washington  Post

Pruitt pitched the “red team-blue team” exercise as a way to suss out the truth of scientific claims that the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities are pumping greenhouse gases into the air and are warming the planet.  A new cache of emails show that EPA staff primarily sought out conservative advocates who have worked for years at the fringes of mainstream climate science for advice on the debate