White House: Federal Climate Change Report 'Not Based on Facts' Or Data
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders criticized report
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders criticized a new climate-change report as "not based on facts," and "not data-driven" - as the Trump administration's repudiation the statement created by 13 federal agencies.
Sanders denounced the National Climate Assessment before defended Trump's publicly by expressing doubt about its information of probable severe ocean-level rises and connected economic damages.
"You have to look at the fact that this report is based on the most extreme modeled scenario, which contradicts long-established trends," Sanders said.
"Modeling the climate is an extremely complicated science that is never exact."
"We think this is the most extreme version, and it's not based on facts. It's not data-driven. We'd like to see something that is more data-driven. It's based on modeling," she added.
According to the WE: The climate assessment, released Friday, was created by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with assistance from other agencies, including NASA.
The report found that wildfires have worsened in severity due to climate change and that more than 13 million U.S. residents may need to evacuate due to rising ocean levels in 80 years.
Trump told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House Monday that, "I've read some of it, and it's fine," but said he did not accept forecasts of a devastating economic impact.
"I don't believe it," Trump said.