Lubchenco “said that while it was impossible to attribute any single weather event to climate change, the pattern of extreme events was consistent with forecast consequences of increasing greenhouse gas emissions,” AP reports.
She is the second Obama administration official to weigh in this week on the nexus between the violent U.S. weather and climate change.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano linked climate change with the wildfires hitting Colorado.
Napolitano said “there’s a pattern here” as she noted the summer wildfires as well as the East Coast heat wave and the high-velocity winds that whipped through the mid-Atlantic late last week. (Click here for more on Napolitano’s remarks.)
A Washington Post poll released earlier this week, however, showed a drop in the percentage of Americans who see climate change as the most pressing environmental problem.