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Concerns about CO2 ‘factually incorrect,’ Hedke argues

Rep. Dennis Hedke, R-Wichita, the leader of the Kansas House’s efforts on environmental policy, criticized the Environmental Protection Agency and climate science last week, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. Hedke argued at a meeting of the Kansas Electric Transmission Authority that carbon dioxide is not a pollutant and does not drive higher temperatures. He said that the basis for the EPA’s desire to control CO2 emissions is “factually incorrect.” Moti Rieber, coordinator of Interfaith Power and Light, a faith-based environmental group, scoffed at Hedke’s comments. “Denying climate change is scientifically comparable to claiming (the) moon is made of cheese,” Rieber wrote on Twitter. “From an elected official, it’s malfeasance.” – Phillip Brownlee