'I don't believe' own administration's climate report

Wednesday, 28 Nov, 2018

President Donald Trump said on Monday he doesn't believe a climate report out of his administration that warns of dire economic costs in the wake of climate change. Thank you in advance for helping us keep our comments on topic, civil, respectful, family-friendly, and fact-based.

The report, released on Black Friday, warned that climate change could cost the USA economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century and shrink GDP by some 10 percent.

Those "tiny rays of hope" are Democrats who will be in the majority party in the House in January, including Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who backs the Green New Deal to put climate change as the top legislative priority.

Some findings are in conflict with the statements and policies of President Donald Trump.

The report mentions the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, which was formed in 2010 by Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties and now includes 35 local governments trying to find ways to cope with climate change.

The president's reaction has made it tougher for already-reluctant Republicans to embrace a dramatic response to global warming.

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"I've seen it, I've read some of it, and it's fine", he said. "We need to always consider the impact to American industry and jobs".

The report goes on to detail the economic impact of climate change (hundreds of billions lost, with farms being hardest hit) and the physical toll it could take on our collective health, as factors like air quality, disease transmission by insects, food and water will 'increasingly threaten the health and well-being of the American people'.

"What the USA needs to do is participate in a long-term conversation about how you get to innovation, and it's going to need to be a conversation again that doesn't start with alarmism", Sasse said.

"Right now we're at the cleanest we've ever been and that's very important to me". And that those changes in the climate produce more wild and unpredictable weather events, like tornadoes and fires.

Reidmiller noted that since the last report came out four years ago, the nation has seen an increase in efforts by local governments to adapt to the changes wrought by climate change by raising highways above floodwaters and relocating important facilities away from the waterfront. The findings are a sharp rebuke to the Trump administration's insistence that environmental regulations hurt jobs and hinder economic growth. "That affects our jet stream pattern and counterintuitively might lead to more extremes on both sides - whether it be drought and flood, or cold and warm - because we get these higher amplitude wave patterns in the jet stream". If we're clean and every other place on Earth is dirty, that's not so good. In mid-2017, the US withdrew from the Paris climate change accord, the only country to have approved the historic accord then withdraw from it. Related: Could Oil Prices Fall To $40? This latest report - you know, the one that the Trump administration sought to bury because its conclusions are at odds with the President's personal beliefs - suggests they may not be reversible at all.