Women of "The View" squared off over the Trump administration's climate change report. Co-host Joy Behar kicked off the discussion by saying that the administration is interested only in money and doesn't care about the environment. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)
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The women of "The View" faced off Wednesday over the Trump administration's climate change report, which was issued Friday.
The report warned that efforts to combat climate change are not working, but on Monday, President Donald Trump dismissed the report, saying that he didn't believe it.
The report — otherwise known as The National Climate Assessment — found that “extreme weather and climate-related events” will only worsen in the coming years and will impact everything from the environment to the economy.
The report said that extreme weather disasters “have already become more frequent, intense, widespread or of long duration and have cost the U.S. nearly $400 billion since 2015.”
What was said on 'The View?'
The liberal and conservative co-hosts clashed when the topic of the Trump administration's climate change report was broached.
Co-host Joy Behar kicked off the discussion by saying that the administration is interested only in money and doesn't care anything about the environment.
Conservative co-host Meghan McCain disagreed and pointed out what she believed to be hypocrisy by the left, using former Vice President and environmentalist Al Gore's business with Al Jazeera as an example.
McCain pointed to prominent public figures who use private means of transportation — specifically jets and airliners — all while talking out of the sides of their mouths about the effects of global warming and climate change.
"There's so much hypocrisy on the left with this," McCain said. "You want to change hearts and minds, [then] stop lecturing Americans."
Co-host Sunny Hostin entered the fray and said that she does believe that the Earth is entering a problematic period for sustainability and that the solution isn't as simple as passing laws and regulations.
For her part, McCain — who admitted to believing in climate change and its effects on the earth — was undeterred in pushing the notion that liberal hypocrisy is an overarching issue with productive discussions surrounding global warming.
“We all agree that climate change exists,” Hostin responded. “Sarah Sanders sat there and lied to the American people and said [the report] wasn’t based on fact.”
Behar fired back and said that it ultimately falls into the hands of lawmakers — and specifically those in the White House — and not prolific figures who have spoken out about climate change and how she believes it will impact the world.
“These people are running the country, not Al Gore and not Leonardo DiCaprio,” Behar explained.
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