Virginia Congressman Scott Taylor, whose district includes Virginia Beach, an area susceptible to climate change-induced sea level rise, rejects claims that climate change is just theory. “Do we have an issue with flooding and recurrent sea level rising? Yeah, absolutely. And data shows that… there’s a different sea level you know over the past 90 years. So I certainly acknowledge that it is an issue and it certainly is for us in that area.”

Due to his concern for sea level rise, Taylor says it would be a “mistake” to reduce funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, as President Donald Trump has proposed.

“We have to do something” about climate change, he says. “Whether you agree or disagree with how much man contributed, man didn’t contribute, nature contributed, nature didn’t contribute. It’s clearly an issue and we have to address it.”