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

Greg Lawrence
November 27, 2018

The congressionally mandated report, prepared with the aid of more than a dozen U.S. governmental departments and agencies, projected the impact of global warming on every inch of American Soil, stirring a dire warning, which is certainly at odds with Trump Administration's fossil-fuel agenda.

The president was responding to a stunning report released by his administration Friday that said climate change will cost the USA economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, damaging everything from human health to infrastructure and agricultural production. AAP The report often clashes with the president's past statements and tweets on the legitimacy of climate change science, how much of it is caused by humans, how cyclical it is and what's causing increases in recent wildfires.

The Associated Press and VOA News reported this story. By the end of the 21 century, the country will be 1.6 to 6.6 degrees higher, depending on how much pollution is released into the atmosphere.

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.

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.

California's wildfires are the worst in the state's history. Further north, Meyer notes, oceanfront barrier islands situated in New England and the mid-Atlantic could erode and narrow, while to the west, crop yields could shrink dramatically.

Along the United States coasts, public infrastructure and $1 trillion in national wealth held in real estate are threatened by rising sea levels, flooding and storm surges.

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"No, no I don't believe it", Trump added.

Some effects, particularly those linked with health and social or economic inequality, are projected to have an adverse effect on individuals across the country, not just those living in specific areas. For them, this report will be sobering reading: "Rising temperatures, extreme heat, drought, wildfire on rangelands and heavy downpours are expected to increasingly disrupt agricultural productivity in the US..."

Around the same number (45%) said they think global warming will pose a serious threat to them or their way of life in their lifetimes in the March poll.

- The global atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentration has now passed 400 parts per million (ppm), a level that last occurred about 3 million years ago, when both global average temperature and sea level were significantly higher than today. The Fox News anchor accused Republicans of turning climate science into a "political issue" and the Trump administration of burying the report on a holiday. "Summer increases in dengue cases are expected across every state in the Southeast". "This is information that every human needs".

- Global annually averaged surface air temperature has increased by about 1.8°F (1.0°C) over the last 115 years (1901-2016).

Previous research, including from USA government scientists, has also concluded that climate change could have severe economic consequences, including damage to infrastructure, water supplies and agriculture.

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