Trump says he's "not happy" about GM cuts, doesn't believe climate report

27 November, 2018, 00:30 | Author: Bridget Leonard
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The damning report, known as the National Climate Assessment, says that the consequences of climate change will leave no part of the USA untouched and that the warming climate will increase wildfires, crumble infrastructure, worsen air quality, destroy crops and lead to more frequent disease outbreaks.

Donald Trump has regularly expressed doubt about climate change - repeatedly claiming that it's a "hoax" - but the 1,700-page report, produced by scientists from 13 federal agencies, contradicts all of his environmental policies and almost every theory and proclamation he has made about climate science.

The actual cost of global warming was one of its biggest and most worrisome takeaways from the report.

"This report underscores what we are already seeing first-hand: climate change is real, it's happening here, and it's happening now", Abigail Dillen of Earthjustice said.

The Trump administration chose to speed up release of the new report, which is required by law, putting it out on Black Friday instead of in December.

It also details how global warming from the burning of coal, oil and gas is hurting each region of the USA and different sectors of the economy, and projects increased deaths and disease.

The NCA "gives us the opportunity to provide for a more transparent and data-driven process that includes fuller information on the range of potential scenarios and outcomes", Walters said.

Gore, who since his time as vice president has become an outspoken advocate for the need to counteract the effects of global warming, said in a statement that the White House was trying to "bury this critical USA assessment of the climate crisis" by releasing it the day after Thanksgiving. Prepared by hundreds of scientists and officially made public on November 23, the second volume of the Fourth National Climate Assessment focuses on "Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States".

Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) criticized the "alarmism" of those who say climate change is a severe threat and said reasonable people can disagree on "how much and how rapidly".

Gore's lifestyle aside, his statement comes amid what appears to be a continuing denial from Trump and members of his administration about the dangers climate change poses to the environment and to the world's economy.

"We live in our drought, our floods and our heat waves".

The 2017 report said the 1.8 degree Fahrenheit increase in global temperatures since 1901 had lifted temperatures to their highest level in the history of modern civilization, and that it was extremely likely human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, were the dominant cause of the warming since the mid-20th century.

Several of its authors say the National Climate Assessment was rushed to release weeks before it was to be unveiled at an annual conference of the American Geophysical Union.

He had tweeted about record cold temperatures over Thanksgiving, adding, 'Whatever happened to Global Warming?' According to the researchers, climate change is set to do more damage to the US economy by 2100 than the Great Recession ever did.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders accused the Trump administration of seeking to seeking to "bury a new report about the devastating consequences of climate change".

Collin O'Mara, president of the National Wildlife Federation, wrote on Twitter " This is the National Climate Assessment that the White House does not want you to read (by releasing on Black Friday)".


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