Transcript for Ginger Zee Speaks With President Obama on Global Warming
And there was big news on another front at the White House today the president and 300 experts gave their answer to a question a lot of us have been asking. Is all this extreme weather around us global warming or not the president's answer is yes that is underway right here right now. ABC's meteorologist ginger G -- the White House where she spoke with President Obama. The message in this new report. It is already happening extremes of today will become even more extreme. In the northeast torrential rains and devastating floods like those from -- sandy huge. -- -- In the southeast. Coastal flooding the storm surge has been pushing up an -- flooding that's. Farm south longer growing seasons. And in the southwest it means more heat waves and exceptional drought bringing those wildfires. All of that according to the national climate assessment report is from the impact double warming planet. The new report the client's situation -- -- seems pretty dire. -- what do you think -- it done in the next two years. Good news is is that we've already taken some -- big actions whether it's increasing fuel efficiency standards on cars increasing efficiency on appliances. But we're gonna have to do more we also haven't the chance to turn back. These rising temperatures if we take some bold actions now. All part of the aggressive plan laid out by the White House reduce emissions from coal plants -- communities brace for extreme weather that will only grow worse and -- lead other nations like China which has surpassed America in damaging CO2 emissions but -- US makes up just 5% of the world's population we still consume 24% of the world's energy. Well there were more than 300 scientists and authors behind this new report and even to oil companies. There are definitely those -- don't agree. Mother nature won't stop throwing punches that's what you does and I think the changes that are attempting to lessen those punches we'll have much less of an impact then. Teaching us sort of how to avoid getting hit square by those punches in the first place. I spent the whole day here at the White House and the president and his staff tell me their most excited about this because they think it's gonna help people plan. And to respond to disasters. And then something interesting happened Diane the president actually asked me question he wants to know which storm was the worst that I had ever covered. My answer hurricane sandy and Katrina.
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