Wisconsin GOP leader Vos says climate change ‘probably’ real

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Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, at podium, surrounded by fellow Republican lawmakers, unveils a Republican K-12 funding plan that calls for increasing spending less than half as much as Democratic Gov. Tony Evers wanted on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at the Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he doesn’t know if climate change is real, but it “probably” is.

The Republican Vos 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.”

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.

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

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

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