White House releases alarming climate change report (w/ video)Washington, DC (CNN) - Flooded rail lines; Bigger, more frequent droughts; A rash of wildfires. Those are some of the alarming predictions in a White House climate change report released Tuesday.
By: Jim Acosta, CNN
Washington, DC (CNN) - Flooded rail lines; Bigger, more frequent droughts; A rash of wildfires. Those are some of the alarming predictions in a White House climate change report released Tuesday.
The White House is issuing a new report that that sounds like the climate change alarm for future generations. It not only fits into the President's call for a year of action, but it also revs up the base for the upcoming midterm elections. The White House warns decades of dangerous weather from monster storms to raging wildfires are on the way, all as a result of climate change.
According to the Obama administration's new national climate assessment, sea levels will rise up to four feet, more intense heat waves will hit the Southwest and the Arctic Ocean could have ice-free summers by mid-century.
John Podesta - Counselor to the President: "Hundreds of the best climate scientists from across the U.S., not just in the public sector but in the private sector as well, have worked over the last four years to produce this report. This assessment is about presenting actionable science."
President Obama has promised action, but critics within his own party complain he hasn't lived up to his campaign vow from 2008.
President Obama: "This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal."
With his climate agenda stalled in congress, the President has taken steps on his own, seeking new limits on power plant pollution and setting tougher fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks. The GOP has fought the President on the issue.
Some Republican lawmakers question whether humans are actually behind dramatic changes in the climate, while others say Obama is mounting an all-out assault on energy sector jobs. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reelection campaign latest ad is an example.
But the White House boasts the natural gas and oil industries are booming, even as the administration is taking its time on a decision on the controversial keystone oil pipeline. Some of the project's supporters in congress are calling for a vote to bypass the President to approve it.
Jay Carney – White House Press Secretary: “We believe strongly that that's not an effective or helpful way to bring that process to a conclusion."