Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Thursday about the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement and some of the hyperbolic reactions to President Trump’s decision, Townhall.com reports.
“The sky is falling, Mass extinction? Really?” Paul asked. “I don’t think we should be alarmists about this. I mean the planet’s 4.5 billion years old, we have gone through great extremes of climate change, natural and now we may have a man-made influence as well but these people, the question I always ask these alarmists is how much is nature and how much is man?”
“Is there climate change? Can man have an impact?” He asked, “yes, but let’s not be so alarmist as to say such outrageous things that if we don’t sign the Paris Accord there’s going to mass extinction. That is a ridiculous statement.”
When questioned by Tapper about whether or not man is contributing to climate change, Paul responded by saying that man had influenced climate change, but certainly wasn’t the sole factor.
“How much is nature and how much is man?” Paul asked. “I’m perfectly willing to admit that man can have an influence and we should minimize our pollution. But those who say that it is all man and don’t acknowledge that the 4.5 billion year old planet has gone through massive climate change based on natural effects.”
“Not to the degree that we’ve seen in the last century,” Tapper said in a push back.
“Absolutely incorrect,” Paul responded. “When you look at climate change the most dramatic ice age, the dramatic warming and cooling period all happened before man was even around for the most part.”
Senator Paul praised the withdrawal from the deal, saying that the agreement would cause the U.S. to lose more than six million jobs.
“We would lose 6 and a half million jobs,” he said, “while countries like India and Iran — We would have to pay them to reduce their carbon emissions.”
“I think one of the reasons President Trump was elected was that he would defend the American worker and defend American jobs,” Paul concluded, “I can’t imagine a worse agreement for the American worker.”