ABC News’ David Chalian reports: As Hill Democrats huddled at the White House today with President Obama to discuss the path forward on energy legislation, including the politically controversial cap-and-trade system President Obama has proposed, a House Republican questioned how significantly mankind could change the course of global warming. On ABC’s "Top Line," Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) said President Obama’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050 is an appropriate one, but took issue with his planned path to achieve it.
"I believe that we do need to recognize that climate change is occurring," said Lummis. "What we haven’t agreed upon is the role of mankind in being able to affect those kinds of changes and while the goal is appropriate, the means to get there is not, I believe, receiving the kind of agreement that the President would have hoped," she added. When pressed on whether or not the scientific evidence of global warming’s existence is still up for debate, Rep. Lummis pointed to the scientific debate surrounding how effective human beings can be at combating it. "You know, the greater question is whether we can do anything to alter the climate changes that are occurring and that is something that has considerable disagreement among both scientists and policy makers," said Lummis. Congresswoman Lummis went on to question the intended results of battling climate change if Russia, India, and China do not match the United States in its efforts to reduce carbon emissions. The Republican lawmaker also chided the Obama administration for leaving nuclear energy "off the table." "I believe in the all-of-the-above approach to energy and it has to include nuclear power because nuclear is non-carbon emitting. So, for this administration to go forward with plans that do not include nuclear and advances in nuclear really leaves something off the table that is absolutely critical in order to meet their goals," said Lummis. Watch the full interview HERE. And be sure to check out GOP "message maestro" Kevin Madden’s Tuesday take on the battle for the soon-to-be vacant seat on the United States Supreme Court and the David Plouffe vs. Karl Rove debate that appears to have gotten a little testy. Watch the full interview HERE.