Last week, the White House issued a new and alarming edition of its national report on climate change. How did leading Republicans respond?
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), the GOP’s leader in the Senate, scoffed at President Obama for “talking about the weather,” dismissing the issue as a hobbyhorse of “liberal elites … who leave a giant carbon footprint and then lecture everybody else about low-flow toilets.”
After pointing out that the president is “not a meteorologist,” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) argued that Obama’s proposals to regulate carbon emissions “would have a devastating effect on our economy” without solving the problem.
And Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) said the central issue wasn’t climate change but cost-benefit analysis. Asked whether he thought global warming had been caused by human activity, Thune said: “I’m not denying that. I’m simply saying that the debate ought to be: What are we going to do about it, and at what cost?”