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Climate Change Report Author Rips Sanders’ Lies That Findings ‘Not Based On Facts’ Or ‘Data Driven’


Climate Change Report Author Rips Sanders’ Lies That Findings ‘Not Based On Facts’ Or ‘Data Driven’

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Tuesday sought to undermine the findings of a governmental report that warned of the impending consequences of climate change, claiming it’s “not based on facts” and arguing that modeling the climate “is never exact.”

The report, which was produced with the consensus of scientists from 13 federal agencies and 300 leading scientists, concluded that climate change will interrupt the way people live day-to-day and result in “hundreds of billions of dollars” in annual losses to some economic sectors without radical actions taken to immediately curb global emissions.

“We think that this is the most extreme version and it’s not based on facts,” Sanders told reporters at Tuesday’s White House press conference, the first in nearly a month. “It’s not data-driven. We’d like to see something that is more data-driven. It’s based on modeling, which is extremely hard to do when you’re talking about the climate.”

Trump also downplayed the report’s findings, telling reporters on Monday that he doesn’t “believe” its findings.

Katharine Hayhoe, an author of the bombshell report released on Friday, fired back at Sanders’ lies about the report, writing on Twitter: “First, a WH spokesperson said the report was based on the “most extreme” scenario. No: the report considered a very broad range of scenarios, from one where carbon emissions go negative to one where they continue to grow.”

She added, “Moreover, the scenarios chapter in Vol 1 discussed the scenarios in detail, and it concludes that ‘the observed increase in global carbon emissions over the past 15–20 years has been consistent with higher scenarios (very high confidence).’ ”




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