‘I think we need to get some more realistic projection on technology and innovation…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Acting Environmental Protection Agency director Andrew Wheeler blasted a recent climate change report for recording a “worst-case scenario” and exaggerating the effects of global warming.
Wheeler said the National Climate Assessment’s faulty material can be attributed to the fact that it “was written in 2016, and was at the direction of the previous administration.”
Former President Barack Obama likely “told the report’s authors to take a look at the worst-case scenario for this report,” Wheeler said at a Washington Post event.
Wheeler said the report’s dramatic conclusions are “concerning a lot of people in this administration,” but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. The National Climate Assessment, released last week, largely ignored the likelihood that technological innovations will reduce fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions, he said.
“I don’t think the assessment really took into account the innovation that we’ve seen and the technological advancement that we’ve seen in recent years. It basically freezes technology going forward,” he said.
The National Climate Assessment reported that, by 2100, climate change could cost the globe billions of dollars in economic losses and kill thousands of people. Wheeler said that although this scenario is a possibility, it shouldn’t be the only one the media focuses on. Future reports should reflect less-dire scenarios and take all sides into account, Wheeler said.
“We need to take a look at the model that’s used for the next assessment. I think we need to get some more realistic projection on technology and innovation.”
Wheeler’s comments mirror President Trump’s, who recently told the Washington Post that he “doesn’t see” the devastating effects of climate change the report lists.
“One of the problems that a lot of people like myself, we have very high levels of intelligence, but we’re not necessarily such believers,” Trump said last week. “You look at our air and our water and it’s right now at a record clean.”