Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Donald Trump on Dire Government Climate Report: 'I Don't Believe It'

Donald Trump on Dire Government Climate Report: 'I Don't Believe It'

Its findings stand at odds with President Donald Trump's publicly expressed doubts about climate change, and the administration's pro-fossil fuels policies.

The White House released an alarming climate change report on Black Friday, attempting to bury a 1,656-page government assessment that directly contradicts President Trump's history of climate change denial.

A new federal government report warned that human impact on the environment is warming the planet, causing harsher natural disasters, and could lead to unknown negative impacts on the national and world economies. Last year he appeared to be confused over news that it could be the coldest New Year's on record, tweeting that the country could use a little bit of global warming. In actual dollars, this means that by the end of the century, global warming and the damages it causes will cost the USA more than $500 billion dollars.

"The full extent of climate change risks to interconnected systems, many of which span regional and national boundaries, is often greater than the sum of risks to individual sectors", the report said.

Friday's report seemed to anticipate such comments, saying: "Over shorter timescales and smaller geographic regions, the influence of natural variability can be larger than the influence of human activity ..." Notably, the scientists behind the report wrote that the effects of climate change "are already being felt in communities across the country".

Meanwhile, the report warned that even if major cuts are made to harmful greenhouse gases (GHGs) like carbon dioxide and methane, the damage will linger for years. The tragic Camp Fire in California serves as a stark illustration of how climate change is loading the dice for more extreme events that devastate people, homes and the economy.

"By the middle of this century, annual losses in the United States due to climate change could reach hundreds of billions of dollars", said the latest edition of the National Climate Assessment.

The 1,656-page assessment was written with the help of more than a dozen US government agencies and departments and outlines the projected impact of global warming on every corner of American society in what some have called a dire warning.

It's unlikely the timing of the report's release had much to do with the Katowice gathering. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected U.S. congresswoman who's already pushing for better and more aggressive climate action, was among Democratic leaders demanding action in the wake of the report's release.

"I've seen it, I've read some of it, and it's fine", he said.

However, Trump and his administration are not convinced.

"We know that our climate is changing".

Some fear that the ACE Rule will replace the Obama era Clean Power Plan (CPP) which was supposed to address the problems related to climate change.

"All hope is not lost, but we must act now", said Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), the expected new chairwoman of the House Space, Science and Technology Committee, in a statement.

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