GOP senator: Trump administration needs to look at 'consequences of inaction' on climate change

GOP senator: Trump administration needs to look at 'consequences of inaction' on climate change
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsBipartisan senators doubt ruling striking down ObamaCare GOP's Collins: Judge's ruling striking down ObamaCare 'will be overturned' GOP senator: Nothing wrong with Republicans challenging Trump in 2020 MORE (R-Maine) on Monday called for the Trump administration and others to "take a harder look" at the consequences and risks of climate change in the wake of a governmental report that warns the issue has already impacted the country.

"We can't ignore the impact of climate change on our public health, environment, & economy. This should cause all of us, including the Administration, to take a harder look at the consequences of inaction & use what is known about risks to inform policy," Collins wrote on Twitter while sharing a New York Times story on the report.

The congressionally mandated report, which was released on last Friday, found that climate change has led to an increase in temperature and a rise in sea levels. It warned that its effects will lead to more intense wildfires, floods and other disasters if left unchecked.

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The report additionally warns that failure to take sufficient measures to address climate change could shrink the U.S. economy.

Democrats criticized the timing of the report, noting that it was released on the Friday of a holiday weekend. Party members and environmental activists seized on the report to renew calls for the use of renewable energy sources and other policies that could mitigate the effects of climate change.

A few Republican lawmakers were asked about the report on Sunday talk shows, where they acknowledged that the climate is changing but offered few concrete solutions to address the problem.

Some lawmakers spoke about the need to find innovative answers in ways that would not adversely affect the economy.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFamily says Trump travel ban preventing mother from seeing dying son Saudi Arabia rejects Senate position on Khashoggi killing Five things to know about the Trump inauguration investigation MORE has not commented on the report since it was released, but has expressed skepticism about climate change. The Trump administration has rolled back several environmental regulations, and pulled out of the Paris climate accord.