Republican challenges Sen. Barbara Boxer to debate climate change, fire impact

August 15th, 2013 | by Erica Felci | Comments

Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher is calling on U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer to defend her stance that climate change contributed to the recent outbreak of wildfires.

Boxer made the comments during an Aug. 7 interview with The Desert Sun and during an Aug. 8 press conference with crews who were battling the Silver Fire.

“I challenge Barbara Boxer to a debate on climate change, on global warming,” Rohrabacher is quoted as saying to CBS Los Angeles.

“I challenge her to defend her positions, and not just call a bunch of names, not just try to scare the public into accepting her expansion of government power over our lives.”

Boxer, a Rancho Mirage Democrat, said climate change was contributing to a rising number of wildfires.

“It means the fire season is coming 30 days earlier and it’s ending 30 days later and we have these mindless across-the-board cuts called sequester and that’s something else that has to be restored,” Boxer had said to The Desert Sun.

“They’re cutting money for firefighters when we’re having more fires and more problems.”

Boxer’s press conference with area fire officials was scheduled before the Silver Fire broke out. The blaze ultimately scorched more than 20,000 acres.

Rohrabacher suggested it wasn’t the appropriate setting for Boxer to raise the debate of climate change.

“I think this exemplifies the tactics — the scare tactics — of those who’ve been pushing this global warming fraud on us,” Rohrabacher is quoted as saying. “They’ll take something that is dramatic, like a fire, and try and use that; or a tornado, or a hurricane and say ‘see, people are being hurt’.”

In an email sent through her aides, Boxer said that she won’t debate an issue that’s already settled by scientists. She also suggested Rohrabacher read research by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,  the National Academy of Sciences and others.

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