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Trump EPA chief says agency’s authority to address climate change is ‘limited’

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Andrew Wheeler said his agency is “limited” in regards to its “statutory authorities to address the issue” of climate change.

Wheeler added the agency was working within the limits set by Congress, according to an interview with McClatchy published Tuesday.

“I believe also that we’re very limited at the agency in terms of our statutory authorities to address the issue,” he said. “So what we’re trying to do is address the issue with the authorities that Congress has given us.”

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Wheeler also said he believes climate change is occurring but could not speak for President Trump or the administration regarding their views on the topic.

However, he noted as well that climate has been undergoing change “forever” and that climate science has been exploited politically, according to McClatchy.

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