A new report from the Trump administration of all places is being touted as further evidence of climate change’s effects. The National Climate Assessment report, published Friday, claims global warming could cut economic activity by ten percent by the end of the century and raise temperatures by 3 to-12 degrees. But a climate expert is disputing the report, saying on Twitter that it uses cherry picked data that seem designed to exaggerate the dire effects of a warming climate while making it even easier for climate change skeptics to debunk the exaggerated claims. “Embarassing,” tweeted University of Colorado Prof. Roger Pielke Jr.
A White House statement Friday said the report was “largely based on the most extreme scenario” of global warming—kind of like claims in decades past that all life on earth would be dead by now.
—QUOTABLE: “By presenting cherrypicked science, at odds w/ NCA Vol,1 & IPCC AR5, the authors of NCA Vol.2 have given a big fat gift to anyone who wants to dismiss climate science and policy…People are not dumb. Clim chg is real & deserves policy response, but not like this.” -Tweets by University of Colorado Prof. Roger Pielke Jr.
MEANWHILE—Sen. Ben Sasse says that climate change might be happening, but climate alarmists aren’t offering any constructive solutions. The Nebraska Republican told Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace that reasonable people can debate the topic and extent of the problem, but that’s not happening enough. It’s also a global issue requiring cooperation from climate scofflaws like China, Sasse said.
—QUOTABLE: “What the U.S. needs to do is participate in a long-term conversation about how you get to innovation, and it’s going to need to be a conversation again that doesn’t start with alarmism.” -Sasse