Senate Dem knocks Trump administration's climate report: 'They couldn’t pick a day' to get less attention

Senate Dem knocks Trump administration's climate report: 'They couldn’t pick a day' to get less attention
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharHarris's stepkids call her 'Momala' Sanders joins striking workers at UCLA in first 2020 California visit Lawmakers urge tech to root out extremism after New Zealand MORE (D-Minn.) on Sunday criticized the timing of the release of the Trump administration's dire climate change report, saying officials "couldn't pick a day where they tried to get less attention."

Klobuchar added, however, that she thinks the effort "backfired."

"I think it backfired. Because there was no news that day, a lot of people are signing up to get the overview of the report," she said during an appearance on ABC's "This Week."

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The climate report, released Friday, warns of looming disaster from climate change if the U.S. doesn't change course with its policies.  

The Trump administration has faced criticism for releasing the report the day after Thanksgiving, which is typically one of the slowest news days of the year. Critics have accused the administration of attempting to bury it.

Klobuchar, during her interview Sunday on "This Week," said the Trump administration needs "to act" on climate change. She called for new greenhouse gas rules and gas mileage standards and said the U.S. must return to the Paris climate agreement, from which President TrumpDonald John TrumpCummings says Ivanka Trump not preserving all official communications Property is a fundamental right that is now being threatened 25 states could see severe flooding in coming weeks, scientists say MORE has withdrawn.

"The administration can’t on one hand issue this devastating report showing the facts and then on the other do nothing," she said. "It’s time to act.”