May 6, 2014 10:44 PM by Jennifer Horbelt

Scientists say Americans seeing impact of climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) - Scientists and the White House are calling it the most detailed scientific report on global warming, and one that is focused specifically on the United States.

One of the authors of the federal report says the average person is feeling climate change the most in the form of extreme weather like droughts, storms and heat waves.

The report says those effects will become even more disruptive in the decades ahead -- but that it's not too late to prevent the worst impacts of climate change.

The administration is working on new proposed limits on gases from coal-fired power plants.

The report is the third edition of a congressional mandated study. More than 250 scientists and government officials started writing the report in 2012. A draft was released in January 2013, but this version has been reviewed by more scientists and has had public comment.

Today's report is being rejected by fossil energy groups, conservative think tanks and Republican senators, who say it's "alarmist."

The head of the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers, Charlie Drevna, says the report is "overblown."

The fossil fuel industry -- which is responsible for a large amount of the heat-trapping carbon dioxide that's produced -- says the energy is needed, and that America can't afford to cut back on it.

Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana said the report was supposed to be scientific -- but he says it's "more of a political one used to justify government overreach."


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