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Hassan: Trump Should Endorse Findings of Leaked Climate Report

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U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan, Portsmouth Mayor Jack Blalock, and former EPA head Gina McCarthy spoke at the event

Democratic U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan says the Trump administration should endorse the findings of a federal report on climate change that was recently leaked to the New York Times.

At a League of Conservation Voters event in Portsmouth, Hassan told reporters that while she had concerns about the leaking of draft documents, she thinks the Trump administration should endorse the report’s findings.

The report, compiled by scientists from 13 federal agencies concludes that climate change is already affecting Americans’ daily lives.

“It would be really important for this president to acknowledge that science matters," said Hassan, "and then to actually read this report and perhaps realize that we all need to be working together to protect our planet and our economy.”

The New York Times reported that some scientists involved in authoring the report were concerned the Trump administration would attempt to suppress it.

Senator Hassan was joined at the event by former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and Portsmouth Mayor Jack Blalock. All three emphasized the importance of local efforts to address climate change.

Jason Moon is a senior reporter and producer on the Document team. He has created longform narrative podcast series on topics ranging from unsolved murders, to presidential elections, to secret lists of police officers.

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