US Senator John McCain says Americans should understand that the climate may be actually changing.
Most fellow Republicans, including President Donald Trump believe climate change is a “hoax.”
During an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Jake Tapper asked why the Republicans believe that climate change is not real, McCain chose instead to discuss nuclear power.
“It’s the cleanest, cheapest, in many ways, source of power. We have to understand that the climate may be changing and we can take commonsense measures which will not harm the American people.”
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McCain’s remarks come at a time when Hurricane Irma is pummeling Florida, threatening almost the entire southeastern US state after leaving a deadly path of destruction across the Caribbean islands.
The Category 4 hurricane is bringing 130 miles (209 km) per hour winds and is expected to move up Florida’s west coast. Officials have urged nearly 7 million people in Florida to evacuate as the storm began unleashing heavy winds and rain on the state on Sunday.
Last month, Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm, struck Texas and Louisiana, killing about 60 people and causing property damage estimated at up to $180 billion in the two states.
A US government report has shown that global warming helped fuel the hottest year on record in 2016. The report released last month by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration also found that greenhouse gas concentrations were reaching a new high.
A study released in July by the Union of Concerned Scientists said dozens of US cities may face chronic flooding over the next few decades if global warming is not mitigated.
The study warned that America’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement could increase the impact of global warming and add to greenhouse gas emissions.