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Vos: Climate Change Is ‘Probably’ Real

Assembly Speaker Also Questions Governor's Climate Change Task Force

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, is seen at the State of the State address in Madison, Wis., at the State Capitol on Jan. 10, 2017. Coburn Dukehart/Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism

Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he doesn’t know if climate change is real, but it “probably” is.

Vos, R-Rochester, is also denigrating a climate change task force created by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers, saying it was created for political purposes.

Vos told the WisconsinEye network Wednesday that “there’s no real task for the task force.”

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Evers created the task force earlier this month, asking it to develop strategies to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change in Wisconsin.

“I don’t know if climate change is real,” Vos said. “I think it probably is. I have no idea why it is occurring nor do most people on the planet.”

Vos said he could embrace the group’s work if it focuses on increasing nuclear power and not increasing utility rates. But he said, “if it’s just about trying to make people on the left feel better about themselves, that’s a nonstarter.”

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