Published: Tue, November 27, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Trump doesn't believe his own govt's climate warning

Trump doesn't believe his own govt's climate warning

The Congress-commissioned report, of which Trump told reporters, "I've read some of it", warns that climate change will not only continue to contribute to weather extremes and impact global health, but it will cost the US economy hundreds of billions of dollars every year.

'Over shorter timescales and smaller geographic regions, the influence of natural variability can be larger than the influence of human activity, ' the report says. We speak with Kristie Ebi, a professor of global health at the University of Washington in Seattle and the lead author of the report's chapter on the human health impacts of climate change.

The warning appeared to conflict with the rhetoric used by President Trump, who has frequently downplayed global warming and once dismissed it as a hoax engineered by the Chinese government. After that year, the Great Recession caused emissions to drop as manufacturing and the economy slowed and technological innovations in hydraulic fracturing caused the nation to shift away from coal to natural gas, which produces less emissions.

"I don't believe it", Trump told reporters Monday on the White House lawn, when asked about the grim forecast in the government's National Climate Assessment.

The study, the Fourth National Climate Assessment, was compiled by 13 federal agencies and more than 300 leading climate scientists.

The report came out on Black Friday, a holiday for most Americans and one of the busiest shopping days of the year, leading critics to charge Trump with trying to bury the findings.

It's not the first time that Trump has discounted the consequences - or cause - of climate change. He also pointed out that it focused on the climate change consequences that would be borne by the USA - even though it is a global problem.

Crop yields from the U.S. Midwest, known as the "breadbasket of the world", could fall to 1980 levels by 2050, the report estimates, and that the southeastern U.S. could develop its own fire season.

Green Car Reports respectfully reminds its readers that the scientific validity of climate change is not a topic for debate in our comments. "It addresses our country", he said. Mike Lee (R-Utah) acknowledged that fossil fuel consumption can harm the planet but said he was waiting to hear climate policy proposals that did not harm the economy.

But it says that projections of future catastrophe could change if society works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and "to adapt to the changes that will occur". We need bold action, not denials. I believe there's change, and I believe it goes up and it goes down, and it goes up again'.

"People are going to die if we don't start addressing climate change ASAP".

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