Climate deniers, including EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, keep talking about how they want a “red team/blue team” debate about climate change. So far … nothing.
I don’t expect it to happen at all. Why? Because the “red team” would actually have to commit to scientific claims. As long as climate deniers sit on the sidelines and snipe, they can say anything they want, no matter how idiotic, and believe they can avoid consequences. They can even deny that they said it in the first place.
But if they were an “official” EPA “red team” they’d have to make their claims part of the public record. They might even be expected to stand by their claims. Then, when their truly moronic arguments are not just refuted but shown to be truly moronic, it would be the death-knell for the entire climate denial machine.
I expect Scott Pruitt to keep promising a “red team/blue team” exercise, to keep saying it’ll happen “soon.” I don’t expect it actually to happen, ever. It’s the climate deniers who refuse to either “put up” or “shut up.”