US President Donald Trump has said he doesn't believe his own government's latest report warning of massive economic losses if carbon emissions continue to feed climate change unchecked. Thank you in advance for helping us keep our comments on topic, civil, respectful, family-friendly, and fact-based.
"What hit me about this report is, I've often been very critical of what I call "report fatigue.' We just put out report after report, and it doesn't resonate with the public, but what I found about this fourth National Climate Assessment that is important is it documented what's happening in the here and now".
For Trump, fervently denying the existence of climate change is nothing new.
The report, the Third National Climate Assessment, also warned of increases in harmful algae blooms off Florida's coast, worsening seasonal allergies for people already made miserable by springtime pollen and heavier rainstorms and flooding in low-lying areas.
The measure, signed by almost 200 countries, sets rules for fighting climate change.
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In addition, the report outlined the toll that declining air quality and disease transmission will have that is set to 'increasingly threaten the health and well-being of the American people'.
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Regional economies and industries that depend on natural resources and a favorable climate, including agriculture, tourism and fisheries, will suffer, the report finds. Unless we start making some major changes - and soon - we face the very real potential of crossing the point of no return when it comes to the planet's warming, and the consequences that result from it.
This shortsighted understanding of climate change - that the mere existence a chilly day disproves global warming - was also addressed in the climate study.
The Trump administration has pursued a pro-fossil fuels agenda.
"If we're clean, but every other place on earth is dirty, that's not so good", he said.
The report was issued on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when many Americans traditionally go shopping, a timing that Trump's critics said was chosen to bury the report. Fewer Republicans (one third) said more should be done about climate change, and another third of Republicans thought that the USA is doing enough to address climate change.
"Unlike President Trump, we trust the experts at NASA, the Department of Defense, and 10 other federal agencies who reviewed and endorsed this report", Keith Gaby, a senior communications director with the Environmental Defense Fund, said by email.
By allowing pundits who are funded by corporate interests to continually obfuscate just how bad the risk of climate change is, news networks like Fox News and CNN have mishandled the severity of the climate report, even when they are covering it. 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?
On Monday, Trump told reporters that he had read "some" of the report.