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New Climate Report Ignites Debate on Capitol Hill

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You can blame extreme weather on climate change - that's the finding of a new federal scientific report the White House released on Tuesday.

Scientists are calling this report the loudest alarm bell yet on global warming. It says climate change is here and it's going to get worse. Americans are already feeling the impact of global warming in every corner of the country and in a new federal study, said the forecast is for more extreme weather.

"Areas of the country that are already quite hot are going to get hotter and wet places are getting wetter, and dry places are getting dryer," said Dr. Kathryn Sullivan with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The sweeping 840-page report warns the nation needs to be prepared for superstorms like Sandy, killer tornadoes, record rainfalls and devastating droughts. Actor and farmer Tom Selleck said California's drought is putting him out of the avocado business.

"With the drought this year, we're abandoning the trees. We can't sustain them on wells. I'm watching 2,000 trees die," said Selleck.

The National Climate Assessment looks at global warming's impact region by region. Here in Nevada and across the Southwest, experts said our droughts are expected to worsen and that will cause water sources to dry up and wildfires to become more extreme.

Some Republican lawmakers and energy groups are criticizing the report as alarmist, saying the White House wants to use it to support government overreach.

"We've always had storms, whether they will be more than we've had or less - that's very difficult to forecast, particularly when you get down to small regions of the whole planet," said Mark Mills from Manhattan Institute.

The study recommends the U.S. change the way it uses energy, cut carbon pollution and build infrastructure to withstand the impacts of climate change.
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