EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Monday during a White House summit on global warming that "climate deniers" are not normal humans.
According to The Daily Caller
, McCarthy addressed a group of doctors, health professionals, and others about why the EPA feels climate change is a public health issue.
"I am doing that not to push back on climate deniers," McCarthy said, reports The Daily Caller, alluding to the EPA's practice of releasing reports to inform the public about climate change. "You can have fun doing that if you want, but I've batted my head against the wall too many times and if the science already hasn't changed their mind it never will.
"But in any democracy, it's not them that carries the day. It is normal human beings that haven't put their stake into politics above science. It's normal human beings that want us to do the right thing, and we will if you help us."
According to The Hill,
McCarthy made the case that climate change is "the biggest public health challenge of our time."
Ahead of McCarthy's remarks, the White House released an action plan for dealing with climate change, which includes multiple federal agencies, reports The Hill.
The 2015 Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change, meanwhile, released a report in the medical journal The Lancet
detailing its findings about climate change and how it relates to public health.
"Climate change is a medical emergency," commission co-chair Professor Hugh Montgomery said in a press release, according to Discovery. "
It thus demands an emergency response, using the technologies available right now."
On Monday, it was reported that the White House has asked the Pentagon
to measure the amount of ice in the Arctic.
The Obama administration argued that a decreased amount of ice in the Arctic could lead to a greater military presence there.
"Difficulty in developing accurate sea ice models, variability in the Arctic's climate, and the uncertain rate of activity in the region create challenges for DOD to balance the risk of having inadequate capabilities or insufficient capacity when required to operate in the region with the cost of making premature or unnecessary investments," a recent study from the Government Accountability Office reads.
"DOD plans to mitigate this risk by monitoring the changing Arctic conditions to determine the appropriate timing for capability investments."
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