Donald Trump 'doesn't believe' his own administration's climate change warnings

Clark Diaz
November 28, 2018

The report focuses on the devastating impact climate change will have on the US economy in the coming decades.

President Donald Trump is rejecting a central conclusion of a dire report on the economic costs of climate change released Friday by his own administration.

Trump has stood by his years-old claim that climate change is a hoax and emphasized that belief with his statements about the California wildfires, which he said were a result of poor forest management, drawing criticism from firefighters, climate scientists and many others.

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.

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It says warming-charged extremes "have already become more frequent, intense, widespread or of long duration".

"It also predicts that-- if not limited through stepped-up action- this warming will do major economic damage: With continued growth in emissions at historic rates, annual losses in some economic sectors are projected to reach hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century-more than the current gross domestic product (GDP) of many USA states".

This is something that the Trump administration would no doubt want to bury-the Republicans are consistently in favor of affording protection to corporations over human lives, and Trump himself believes climate change is a hoax, "created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive".

It's not the first time that Trump has discounted the consequences - or cause - of climate change.

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The Trump administration was required to release the National Climate Assessment by law, but the report itself wasn't due until December.

Inglis, who heads a nonprofit, RepublicEn, which aims to transform his party's stance on global warming, said it's been especially hard for Republicans to embrace a solution when Trump is constantly belittling the science behind it. "Future risks from climate change depend primarily on decisions made today", it added. That makes the United States the only country in the world not signed on to the global attempt to curb climate change.

Environmental groups said the report reinforced their calls for the United States to take action on climate change.

"Even if significant emissions reductions occur, numerous effects from sea level rise over this century - and particularly through mid-century - are already locked in due to historical emissions", the report explains, underscoring the necessity for coastal communities to prepare.

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Scientists who have been raising the alarm about the negative consequences of climate change for years welcomed the findings. The National Climate Assessment focuses on climate change impacts, risks and adaptations occurring in the United States.

Fact: climate change could cost the USA economy upward of $500 BILLION a year.

Earlier the White House downplayed the report, saying it relied on extreme models that were selected during the Obama administration.

Despite the report, there is no indication that the Trump administration will alter its policies. Days after it went out, reporters were still writing news stories and Republican lawmakers were pressed to respond to its findings on Sunday news shows - including on Fox News.

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