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Scientist says U.N. climate report threatens ‘great economic destruction’

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By Sebastian Hughes
Daily Caller News Foundation

A former scientist for the Obama administration criticized the conclusions of a new U.N. climate report in an interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation, arguing it would lead to “great economic destruction.”

“The report itself is … not bad,” Dr. Steven Koonin, former undersecretary of energy for science, told the DCNF Thursday morning. The report’s Summary for Policymakers and subsequent retelling by the media is where it “gets destroyed,” Koonin said.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, written by 234 scientists throughout the world, a “code red for humanity.”

To Koonin, the report’s excessive “credence to models” means there is too much uncertainty to implement policies he feels will wreak havoc on the economy. He also said the report’s sweeping conclusions should be taken with a grain of salt, as they fail to address historical climate trends.

“If it happened in the past, when human influence (was) small, you’ve got to explain why that’s not what’s happening,” he said.

The report noted that heat waves that previously appeared once every 50 years now occur almost 5 times as often. Koonin said, however, that there are a number of ways to make any changes in the temperature look “more dramatic” than they are.

In an opinion piece published in The Wall Street Journal Tuesday,

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