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White House Hopes Report Will Change GOP Minds On Climate Change

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John Podesta, an adviser to President Obama on science and technology as well as an influential player in Democratic circles, told reporters on a conference call he'd like to see Republican "deniers" accept the scientific consensus.

"Hopefully with this report, they might review it and change their minds," Podesta said, in response to a question about the political impacts of the report.

Congressional Republicans broadly doubt or deny the scientific consensus that climate change is real and man-made, which 97 to 98 percent of climate scientists believe.

On the call, Podesta and top scientists who worked on the report stressed that climate change isn't a distant threat and is already impacting all regions of the U.S. and key sectors of the national economy.