Carney: ‘No Specific Storm or Weather Event Can Be Tied to Climate Change’

By Fred Lucas | January 22, 2013 | 3:39pm EST

White House spokesman Jay Carney (AP Photo)

( – One day after President Barack Obama made climate change a key part of his second inaugural address, blaming it for storms, fires and droughts, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, “No specific storm or weather event can be tied to climate change.”

On Monday, Obama said severe weather such as droughts and storms were evidence of global warming.

“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” Obama said during the Inaugural address Monday. “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms.”

The president failed to push cap and trade legislation through Congress in his first term, but was able to push through emissions action through the Environmental Protection Agency.

A reporter asked Carney if the storms Obama referred to would make it more likely that legislation could be passed.

“The president made clear that climate change is real. That is certainly the conviction held by most Americans, and certainly backed up by the vast majority of science. No specific storm or weather event can be tied to climate change, but the fact is we have seen more severe storms.”

“We have seen more severe weather events, droughts and fires,” Carney continued. “And as we are experiencing, and certainly the people of New Jersey and New York especially are experiencing, the impacts of those storms are devastating. The impacts of those events can be devastating. And, it’s all the more reason for us to act together.”

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