- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 7, 2015

Vice President Joe Biden slammed those who question climate change, saying that ignoring the scientific evidence is “almost like denying gravity now.”

“I think it’s close to mindless,” Mr. Biden said in a preview clip for the upcoming season of HBO’s Vice.

The vice president pointed specifically to 2012’s Hurricane Sandy as an example of how climate change is making the world’s weather patterns more severe.

“All of a sudden people who were saying it couldn’t happen; they’re now knowing they have to plan for another one of these storms, and another and another and another,” Mr. Biden said, Mediaite reported Friday.

He also pointed to Wall Street financial institutions that are starting to plan and make investments based on the effects of climate change.

“When the financial institutions begin to price in the cost of carbon for cost of doing business, you know it’s reality,” Mr. Biden said.

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According to NASA, atmospheric data for the past 650,000 years shows that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has never been higher than 300 parts per million — until 1950. Now, in 2014, the level is estimated to be at 400 parts per million.

• Phillip Swarts can be reached at pswarts@washingtontimes.com.

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