One day after President Barack Obama made climate change a key part of his second inaugural address, blaming it for storms, fires and droughts, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “No specific storm or weather event can be tied to climate change.”
On Monday, Obama said severe weather such as droughts and storms were evidence of global warming.
“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” Obama said during the Inaugural address Monday. “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms.”
The president failed to push cap and trade legislation through Congress in his first term, but was able to push through emissions action through the Environmental Protection Agency.