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White House turns to weather reporters for climate change news

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meteorologistPresident Barack Obama is holding interviews on the White House lawn today with meteorologists from across the country to publicize a new administration report that says the effects of “human-induced” climate change are already being felt across the country -- with rising seas along the coastline and wildfires scarring the West.

Republicans attacked the report -- the third National Climate Assessment -- as a scare tactic, but the administration may not find as many skeptics among the weather reporters.

“The science has spoken, we know what’s going on,” Jim Gandy, chief meteorologist for WLTX, Columbia, S.C., said from the front lawn of the White House. “We’re fairly confident those projections are robust. My question to him (Obama) is what should we do about it?”

The other participants include John Morales, WTVJ-Miami; Megan Glaros, WBBM-Chicago; Bill Martin, KTVU-San Francisco; Jeff Renner, KING-Seattle; and Janice Huff, WNBC-New York. NBC News’ Al Roker and ABC News’ Ginger Zee will also sit down with Obama.

Obama told Roker “if we don't do more, we're going to have bigger problems, more risk of economic impact and more risk of extreme weather events that can result in people losing their lives or losing their properties or businesses. And we've got to have the public understand this is an issue that is going to impact our kids and our grandkids, unless we do something about it.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he expected Obama to use the report to renew a call for a carbon tax.

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