Paul Douglas on the National Climate Assessment: 'It's not a heart attack. It's death by a thousand cuts.'

WCCO afternoon drive host and meteorologist reacts to the Federal Government's report on climate change

Paul and Jordana
November 26, 2018 - 5:44 pm

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You might have missed it, but the fourth National Climate Assessment was released on Friday, and it sounded dire warnings not only for the environment, but for the American economy as well. WCCO Radio’s Paul Douglas says that we’re already feeling that economic impact

“The wording was more strident than ever,” said Douglas, “[Climate change> is already exerting a cost. We’ve always had natural disasters, but they’re more expensive now. For a lot of reasons. More people living in places they shouldn’t be living in. But also, the storms, the droughts, floods do appear to be amped up. They are becoming more severe over time.”

Those who cry, “fake news” are perhaps unclear about the source of the report.

“This report came from the Federal government,” Douglas said, “from President Trump’s government. 13 Federal agencies collaborated on this.”

President Trump however is already out refuting the conclusions of the report, telling reporters “I don’t believe it.”

Douglas does believe the report, and suggests that the effects of climate change are going to continue to accumulate, rather than manifesting in a singular catastrophic effect.

“It’s not like a heart-attack,” said Douglas, “This isn’t a killer stroke. It’s death by a thousand cuts.”

Paul also thinks climate change will have an impact on our immigration debate.

“My sense – and I hope I’m wrong – is that we’re just seeing the tip of a tidal wave of immigration,” Douglas said, “Many countries – especially near the equator – if you can’t grow crops, if you can’t be fed, if you don’t have reliable water sources, if you can’t go outside three months out of the year, what are you going to do? You’re going to pick up, you’re going to move.”

So does that mean we have to give up all of our modern conveniences in favor of being environmentally cautious? No, says Douglas

“We can have everything we want. We just have to be smarter. I’m not a socialist, I’m a markets-guy. American ingenuity, American exceptionalism, we can figure this out. But we need to get past debating the science.”

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