Trump's Climate Report - Time to Worry?
TRUMP CLIMATE REPORT LANDS: The Black Friday release of the federal government's newest report on climate change has triggered a raft of reactions from lawmakers, ranging from Democrats' calls for swift action to avoid the direst scenarios to Republicans' dismissals of the current green plans as economy-destroying overreactions. The report, the second part of the Fourth National Climate Assessment , warned that many changes to the nation's climate by mid-century were largely baked in, but that aggressive government policies could reduce the dramatic impacts headed our way by the end of the century, POLITICO's Matt Daily reports.
Coming just days after President Donald Trump once again dismissed climate change, the report prompted Democratic Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to tweet "People are going to die if we don't start addressing climate change ASAP." And she pressed the case for reviving the defunct climate committee — and giving it the power to craft legislation. Rep. Frank Pallone, who would prefer to keep any climate legislation-writing at the House Energy and Commerce Committee he's in line to lead, also weighed in saying that, "House Democrats plan to aggressively address climate change and hold the Administration accountable for its backward policies that only make it worse."
On the other side of the aisle, Republicans grappled with their own next steps. Sen. Mike Lee told "Meet the Press" that he was looking for "public policies that could be brought forward that would address the problem they're addressing, without simultaneously devastating the U.S. economy." He told host Chuck Todd he was not open to a carbon tax, and that "if we're going to move away from fossil fuels, it's got to be done through innovation. And innovation can be choked out through excessive government regulation. We can't let that happen." Fellow Republican Ben Sasse on Sunday also called for innovative ways to combat climate change, but said that he is not seeing any from lawmakers who have pushed climate change as their No. 1 issue.