Lawmaker hits Obama for 'exaggerated' climate claims

The Republican chairman of the House Science Committee is accusing President Obama of exaggerating when describing how climate change is affecting the weather, and when explaining how the Paris climate deal would slow climate change.

"To justify its proposal, the administration makes exaggerated statements and predictions," Rep. Lamar Smith wrote in a USA Today op-ed Sunday evening.

The Texas Republican said the climate deal, which seeks to limit global warming to 2 degrees celsius, would raise electric bills and drain billions from the economy, and would fall far short of reducing temperatures by 2 degrees.

"If implemented, the EPA's own data show that the electricity regulation that is the cornerstone of the president's pledge would reduce global temperatures by only one-fiftieth of a degree Celsius," Smith wrote.