Trump on his government's climate warning: 'I don't believe it'

Trump on his government's climate warning: 'I don't believe it'

The new report, which Congress requires to be issued every four years, was released by U.S. Global Change Research Program.

President Donald Trump on Monday rejected the findings of a sobering report about the economic costs of climate change that was released by his own administration.

In the paper, titled the Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II, officials claim that global warming and extreme weather conditions would affect most sectors of the United States economy, ranging from infrastructure to healthcare.

"Because several GHGs, in particular carbon dioxide, reside in the atmosphere for decades or longer, many climate-influenced effects are projected to continue changing through 2050, even if GHG emissions were to stop immediately", said the report.

Report co-author Katharine Hayhoe says it shows the risky weather that scientists said will happen in the United States is already happening.

Ordered by Congress and made public by the Trump administration, it says the Earth and the USA economy are in danger. It details how global warming from the burning of coal, oil and gas is hurting each region of the United States and how it impacts different sectors of the economy, including energy and agriculture.

"All hope is not lost, but we must act now", said Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas), the expected new chairwoman of the House Space, Science and Technology Committee, in a statement.

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Trump has argued that "raking" forests would mitigate wildfire risk, and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has backed up the president's assertions, claiming that poor forest management was the real risk - not climate change. "As a climate scientist it is nearly surreal".

Attenborough to represent "the people" at United Nations climate talks. "Because Trump's actions are actively making it worse", he wrote, referring to climate change.

Former vice-president and Democratic presidential candidate Gore accused Trump of seeking to "hide the truth" by releasing the report on Black Friday. He has also rolled back Obama-era environmental and climate protections to boost production of domestic fossil fuels.

Earlier in the week, Trump tweeted about the brutal cold spell that hit the East Coast over the Thanksgiving holiday and questioned "Whatever happened to Global Warming?"

The National Academy of Sciences reviewed the report, and one of the members said this: "We have wasted 15 years of response time". One potential benefit is that the details of the report can now be fully digested and cited by worldwide delegates to the upcoming United Nations COP 24 conference on climate change in Katowice, Poland, which begins on December 3.

Indeed, the White House report dismissed the idea, pushed by Trump himself among others, that cold weather suggests that global warming might not be occurring.

The president, asked about the catastrophic economic consequences predicted by the recent National Climate Assessment, said, "I don't believe it".

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