Murkowski: ‘We must address’ warming in Alaska

Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGOP Sen. Collins says she'll back resolution to block Trump's emergency declaration The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump escalates fight with NY Times The 10 GOP senators who may break with Trump on emergency MORE (R-Alaska) says she takes climate change seriously and sees its impacts right now in Alaska.

The incoming chairwoman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is a strong proponent of expanding oil and gas drilling, but she told NPR that she thinks about global warming, too.


"I come from a state where we see a warming. We're seeing it with increased water temperatures; we're seeing it with ice that is thinner; we're seeing it with migratory patterns that are changing," Murkowski said at an election-night party.

"So, I look at this, and I say this is something that we must address,” she added.

But Murkowski wouldn’t say she thinks the government should address the cause of global warming because she’s not sure what causes it.

"The emissions that are being put in the air by that volcano are a thousand years' worth of emissions that would come from all of the vehicles, all of the manufacturing in Europe," Murkowski said.

When NPR asked an expert on climate change from Princeton, Michael Oppenheimer, about Murkowski’s comments, he said, “It’s simply untrue.”

Oppenheimer explained it’s the other way around, and emissions from Europe are 10 times larger than annual emissions of all volcanoes put together, NPR reports.