Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Andrew Wheeler joined others in the Trump administration Wednesday in criticizing last week’s major climate change report for describing a “worst-case scenario.”
At a Washington Post event, Wheeler said the report “was written in 2016, and was at the direction of the previous administration,” and he speculated that the Obama administration “told the report’s authors to take a look at the worst-case scenario for this report.”
“I think a lot of the worst-case scenario information in that assessment is what’s concerning a lot of people in this administration,” 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 assessment forecast that by 2100, climate change could cause billions of dollars in economic losses — as much as a 10 percent loss of gross domestic product (GDP) — and kill thousands of people, among other impacts.
Wheeler’s critique largely reflects recent comments by President Trump, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.