Haley: No reason for Trump administration to reject climate change report

Greg Nash

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley in an interview early Tuesday said she doesn’t see any reason for the Trump administration to reject a new report from government scientists on climate change’s impact. 

Haley was asked on NBC’s “Today” show whether she thinks the Trump administration would embrace the report, given that the U.S. just withdrew from the Paris climate agreement.

“Just because we pulled out of the Paris accord doesn’t mean we don’t believe in climate protection,” Haley said.

{mosads}”I think we’re very aware that we need to do that. What we’re saying is, we’re not going to sell out American businesses to do that.”

When pressed on whether the administration would embrace the results of the report — which was drafted by scientists from 13 federal agencies — Haley said she hasn’t seen it.

“But I don’t see any reason why they wouldn’t,” she said.

“We’re not saying that climate change is not real. It is real. It’s how do you have that balance between making sure you’ve got jobs and businesses moving and then also making sure you protect your climate,” she continued.

“That answer’s in the middle.”

The New York Times obtained a copy of the report, which finds the U.S. already feeling the effects of climate change.

It also says it is “extremely likely” that the majority of global temperature increases in the past 60 years are partially due to human influence.

“Many lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are primarily responsible for observed climate changes in the industrial era,” the report, which has not yet been made public, says.

“There are no alternative explanations, and no natural cycles are found in the observational record that can explain the observed changes in climate.”


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