Chris Wallace Presses Ben Sasse on Climate Change: Isn’t the Rest of the World Moving Faster Than We Are?


Following Friday’s dire report on climate change, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) was peppered with tough questions from Fox News’ Chris Wallace who wanted to know whether the warnings were really sinking in.

At the start of Sasse’s Sunday interview with the outlet, Wallace didn’t wait to get down to business, immediately asking, “How seriously do you take this report from the Trump administration?”

To that, Sasse provided a rather vague response on moving forward, noting that the facts of the matter could be disputed.

“I think it’s clear that the climate is changing,” he said. “I think reasonable people can differ about how much and how rapidly, but I think it’s clear that it’s changing and it’s clear that humans are a contributing factor. I think the real question, though, becomes what do you do about it because you can’t legislate or regulate your way into the past.”

“We have to innovate our way into the future,” Sasse added, accusing environmental advocates of spouting “usually just a lot of alarmism.”

But Wallace wasn’t satisfied with that response, pointing out that the senator opposes President Barack Obama‘s plan on climate change.

“According to the report, rolling that back, which would limit greenhouse gas emissions, is exactly the wrong approach,” Wallace said.

Sasse then pivoted to China, which he argued was a major player in global warming, along with “other countries that are rapidly building middle classes.”

The real solution, he contended, was “a long term conversation about how you get to innovation.”

“And it’s going to need to be a conversation again that doesn’t start with alarmism, but that starts with some discussion of the magnitude of the challenge, the global elements to it and how the U.S. shouldn’t just do this as a feel good measure,” he said.

On innovation, Wallace said that China is making huge investments in solar panels, and that the Paris agreement was an international commitment out of which Trump is pulling the United States.

“Isn’t much of the rest of the world actually moving faster than we are?” he wondered.

Sasse acknowledged China’s investment as a good example and noted that the U.S. should have a long-term investment strategy as well, but did not offer support for the Paris accord.

“Things like the Paris climate accords tend to be more binding on us than on other nations,” he said. “So that’s not good for the U.S. consumer and it’s not a long-term solution. But conversations like that are certainly important going forward.”

Watch the clip above via Fox News.

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