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Former climate change denier says “it’s insane to play dice with the planet”

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Former climate change denier says "it's insane to play dice with the planet"

President Trump made headlines this week when he said “I don’t think science knows” about climate change and claimed that mitigating the wildfires raging through California was simply a matter of forest management . But Jerry Taylor, a former “climate skeptic” who is now the president and co-founder of the Niskanen Center, an environmental think tank, says “it’s insane to play dice with the planet” by ignoring evidence that the climate is changing.

“We shouldn’t be having a white-hot debate about the most likely outcome from climate change because that’s not what risk management is about,” Taylor said Thursday during the CBSN special “A Climate in Crisis.” “Risk management is about looking at the full distribution of possible outcomes from climate change and weighing them accordingly.”

Taylor said that while it’s certainly possible that climate change will have a more modest impact, “it’s also quite possible that it’s going to be an extremely cataclysmic event.” Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox

“In fact, the possibility that that’s what we have in store for our future is becoming more and more abundantly clear as we watch extreme weather events play out and the warming play out at a more dramatic pace […]

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