Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler speaks at the National Press Club in Washington in June.

Andrew Wheeler, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, says the world has many economic threats, and climate change is one of them.

The Cabinet member for a climate-skeptical president said so in an interview Wednesday morning with Jimmy Sengenberger on the "Business for Breakfast" radio show on AM 1690.

"Climate change is important," Wheeler said, adding that the deaths of people around the globe because of scarce and unsanitary water also is a crisis.

"I think water is a bigger issue," he said.

Wheeler said that despite political critics, the Trump administration's plans will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

"We take climate change seriously, and we're addressing it," he said. "But it's not the only problem in the world we need to be concerned about."

Sengenberger began the interview with questions about Trump's Affordable Clean Energy Rule, a replacement to President Obama's Clean Power Plan.

Trump's plan supports the coal industry, while Obama's pressured states and utilities to close coal-fired power plants.

Wheeler noted that the courts never allowed Obama's plan to take effect.

"We going to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, but we're going to do it in accordance to what the law tells us to do," he said.

You can hear the full interview by clicking here.

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