<pA top economic adviser to President Trump responded to a recent U.N. report warning the world needs to take drastic action within 12 years to avoid a possible climate crisis, saying, “I think they overestimate.”
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<p“We're always studying these things,” Kudlow said. “The issue here though is magnitudes and timing. Personally, I think the U.N. study is … way, way too difficult. I won't say it's a scare tactic but I think they overestimate.”
<pKudlow said he wasn’t “denying any climate change(MORE: Scientists: Time running short before climate change effects are ‘irreversible’)<p
<pThe report by researchers on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change found that if the world doesn’t act to significantly reduce carbon emissions in the atmosphere, potentially irreversible damage from climate change could occur much sooner than anticipated.
<pIn a separate interview on “This Week,” Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who ran for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, said Kudlow’s comments were “irresponsible.”
<pKudlow’s comments “are so irresponsible, so dangerous that it’s just hard to believe that a leading government official could make them,” the Vermont senator said.
<p“We are in crisis mode,” Sanders said. “And you have an administration that virtually does not even recognize the reality of climate change and their policies, [like] working with the fossil fuel industry, are making a bad situation worse.”
<pStephanopoulos also asked Republican Sen. Jeff Flake about his party's approach to climate change in an interview on "This Week."
<p“Are we going in the wrong direction?” Stephanopoulos asked.
<p“I think so,” the Arizona senator said. “There’s been more recognition among Republicans, [but] the administration hasn’t taken the view of the some of us that this is something we really need to deal with.”
<p“I hope that we can move along with the rest of the world and, and address this,” Flake said. “Obviously that report that came out is, is pretty dire, but there are things that we can do and should do, and I think Republicans need to be at the forefront if we want to keep … our place and keep our seats.”
<pThe U.N. report by 91 scientists from around the world was commissioned for the Paris Climate Agreement, a 2015 pact that Trump has withdrawn the U.S. from. The treaty pledged an international approach to fighting climate change.
<pThe climate change said it would take “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to try to stop environmental damage, and that one of central changes needs to be taxing carbon dioxide emissions, a move Republicans have opposed in the past.
<pTrump responded to the U.N. report Tuesday, saying it “was given to” him, but he needed “to look at who drew it.”
<p“I want to look at who drew it. You know, which group drew it. Because I can give you reports that are fabulous, and I can give you reports that aren’t so good. But I will be looking at it. Absolutely,” the president said.