Idaho Senator Jim Risch called climate change “very, very troubling” in a speech earlier in September. While his prepared remarks didn’t touch on the issue, during Q&A, a young student asked the Senator, who serves as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, how he intends to “create a conversation around global cooperation on climate change.”

He doesn’t have “a magic solution” for solving climate change, Risch said in response. “There’s a lot of debate going on about it. I listen to the debate on it…If it is as bad as the people that are on the edge of it say it is, I don’t know that there’s anything anybody can do about it, but I think that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t continue to try to do something about it.” The Senator also indicated that he finds the “theory” that human activity is causing climate change is “very valid.”

“If that’s the case, the world’s in a very precarious situation.”