Lawmakers discuss climate change with July 2019 on track to be hottest on record

California

Nexstar Broadcasting partners with Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. Each summer graduate students from the Broadcast and Digital Journalism program travel to Washington, D.C. and provide reports to local markets from our nation’s capital. Sunny Tsai is a California native reporting for KSEE24/CBS47 this semester.

Climate Scientists at Penn State University say this month is on track to be one of the hottest July’s ever on record. Capitol Hill was busy with various meetings to discuss the topic.

The House Budget Committee met this week to discuss the risks and costs of climate change. At the other end of Pennsylvania Ave., the 13th Climate Change Conference took place at the Trump Hotel.

Congressman Tom McClintock took on those who call him a climate change denier.

“The fact is they deny the science of climate change, the science that documents dramatic changes in climate throughout the apex that long predates the appearance of mankind,” said McClintock.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein recently warned climate change may cause more severe droughts in California.

Former Heartland Institute Science Director, Dr. Jay Lehr, believes otherwise.

“Man caused climate change has 0 impact on any water aspects in California. Climate is always changing as you know in CA had a drought for about 5 years the drought’s over,” said Lehr.

The political stakes are high for both the Democrats and Republicans when it comes to climate change. The hot topic may continue to play a large role behind the 2020 elections

According to E&E climate journalist Adam Aton,

“The Trump administration has realized, in order for him to be reelected, he has to maintain a hold on the suburbs, educated voters, women voters, these are all groups that care more and more about the environment and they don’t believe that the administration is doing a good job on it.”

And according to him, that impression must change if the president wants to attract swing voters next year.

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