From the September 13 edition of CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper:
JAKE TAPPER (HOST): You've said that it's a waste of taxpayer money to research and to fight climate change. NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has concluded that climate change is happening, that human activity is contributing to it and that the warming of the planet and ocean temperatures creates conditions that allow for storms to get bigger and stronger and more intense. Given all that, and given the havoc that we've seen, why is fighting it or trying to learn more about it a waste of money?
MICK MULVANEY: Jake, I'd be more than happy to have a longer discussion another day about climate change, man-made climate change. Keep in mind, what we are focusing on right now is taking care of the folks who have survived this disaster, the folks who need our immediate help. There's plenty of time later on to have those discussions and I know that we will because climate change clearly is a big topic for the media but we will continue to sort of focus our attention on the folks who need us right now.
TAPPER: Alright, it's a big topic for the world.