House Minority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise sidestepped questions about whether humans contribute to the growing climate change crisis. During an exchange with “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Tony Dokoupil on Friday, the GOP Louisiana representative was pressed on whether the climate problem facing the country was man made or not.
“Scientists have agreed that climate change is a catastrophic risk, do you have a plan, as some other members of your party are beginning to to address it?” Dokoupil asked.
“First of all, we do know that the earth’s temperature changes — it goes up and down,” said Scalise. Dokoupil asked, “So you don’t accept the science?”
“In the 1970’s, they said we were entering a new cooling period,” Scalise replied, without offering any firm plans to address global warming. NASA points out that Earth’s average surface temperature has risen 1.62 degrees since the late 19th century and states that most of the warming took place “in the past 35 years, with the five warmest years on record taking place since 2010.”
Lawmakers have recently turned their attention to climate, as scientists grow more concerned about the rise in Earth’s temperature. The House of