Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt said his agency will review the accuracy of a draft federal climate study that raised controversy earlier this week after being published by the New York Times.
"Frankly, this report ought to be subjected to peer-reviewed, objective-reviewed methodology and evaluation," Pruitt told a Texas radio show late Thursday.
The draft National Climate Assessment was reported to have been leaked to the Times over scientists' fears that the Trump administration would seek to suppress it. But the report had been available online since January, and is undergoing a federal interagency review process before being published. Pruitt is part of that process.
"Science should not be politicized," Pruitt added, echoing comments made by critics of how the New York Times went about the story.
"Science is not something that should be just thrown about to try to dictate policy in Washington, D.C.," he said.