Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Trump rejects key conclusion of US government climate report

Al Gore blasts Trump for 'burying' climate report by releasing it on Black Friday Government climate report warns of worsening US disasters
Andrew Cummings | 28 November, 2018, 06:46

President Donald Trump told reporters Monday he's not buying the dire economic forecast that was included as part of an exhaustive climate change report his administration issued Friday.

The report - produced by 300 scientists, many from 13 federal departments and agencies, and overseen by the U.S. Global Change Research Program - warns that humans must take action now "to avoid substantial damages to the U.S. economy, environment, and human health and well-being over the coming decades".

Just days after demonstrating a lack of understanding about the difference between weather and climate, US President Donald Trump has remained mum on the report.

But when asked his thoughts on the severe economic impacts projected in the report, Mr Trump said: "I don't believe it". "I've read some of it, and it is fine".

"But asked about the study's conclusion that climate change would devastate the U.S. and world economy if left unchecked, he declared: "I don't believe it."'I don't believe it" as he left the White House for campaign stops in Mississippi.

The analysis is an annual assessment mandated by Congress, and was compiled by government scientists.

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According to the report-which cited a 2017 study published in Science probing the effects of climate change on the economy-the U.S. GDP will recede by 1.2 percent for every 1 degree Celsius increase in the global temperature. In the meantime, the US is still attending worldwide climate negotiations, but at next week's critical UN COP24 Summit in Poland US officials are set to focus on promoting "clean coal" to developing nations.

"And here's the other thing, you're going to have to China and Japan and all of Asia and all of these other countries-you know, it addresses our country".

Trump also claimed the U.S. is "cleanest" it has ever been. "This report underscores what we are already seeing firsthand: climate change is real, it's happening here, and it's happening now". White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said the new report was "largely based on the most extreme scenario, which contradicts long-established trends by assuming that.there would be limited technology and innovation, and a rapidly expanding population".

The president hit out at the Fourth National Climate Assessment report, which was released Friday during an interview on the White House lawn Monday. "If you look around the globe over the past week, it's still relatively warm, so we have to be careful not to be so USA -centric or even northeast USA -centric in describing what's happening globally". And that those changes in the climate produce more wild and unpredictable weather events, like tornadoes and fires.

"Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS - Whatever happened to Global Warming?" he said Wednesday on Twitter. Cataloguing the ways in which they mishandle the climate change report is valuable, because it provides a blueprint for the way that every issue is made into a partisan one.

Trump had just visited California where we saw the site of the most destructive and deadly wildfire in the state's history. The Democratic progressive doubled down on her call for a select committee on a Green New Deal while adding that "fossil fuel-funded officials shouldn't be writing climate change policy".

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