Angry callers force Scott Pruitt to create impromptu call center

Angry callers force Scott Pruitt to create impromptu call center

The calls to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt’s main phone line reached such a high volume by Friday this week that officials were forced to create an impromptu call center, three agency employees revealed.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the three EPA employees revealed that the impromptu call center was created after calls to Pruitt’s main line, 202-564-4700, hit an unprecedented high volume. Interns were ordered to answer some of the incoming calls, while some calls went to voice mail.

It is common for constituents to make large number of calls to lawmakers over contentious policy issues, but it is quite unusual for people to target a Cabinet official.

Americans have been calling Pruitt since he raised questions over the link between human activities and climate change.

The EPA administrator said at the time, “I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do, and there’s tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it’s a primary contributor to the global warming that we see.”

But, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change blames human influence for climate change, saying it has been the dominant cause of the observed global warming.

EPA didn’t immediately respond to a request for a comment on the matter.