Donald Trump rejects his own government's report on climate change

Jo Lloyd
November 28, 2018

It warns that the danger of destructive weather events - from powerful storms to extremely dry weather and wildfires - is worsening.

The president also took the United States out of the Paris Climate Accords.

"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".

The report noted that new US records for destructive weather have been set in recent years.

"It also predicts that-- if not limited through stepped-up action- this warming will do major economic damage: With continued growth in emissions at historic rates, annual losses in some economic sectors are projected to reach hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century-more than the current gross domestic product (GDP) of many us states". While the report does not refer to Tampa Bay's vulnerability, it does point out that "Florida alone is estimated to have a 1-in-20 chance of having more than $346 billion (in 2011 dollars) in property value. below average sea level by 2100". As for the findings about global warming hurting the US economy, he said: "I don't believe it".

"Warming temperatures are increasing a lot of stress on our ecosystems".

It warns of more, stronger and longer disasters triggered at least in part by global warming. "They're making it easier for forests to go up in flames", he said.

Despite the report, there is no indication that the Trump administration will alter its policies. But it said that people must take steps to stop future weather disasters "to avoid substantial damages to the USA economy, environment, and human health and well-being over the coming decades". Fewer Republicans (one third) said more should be done about climate change, and another third of Republicans thought that the United States is doing enough to address climate change.

The report also said projections of damage could change if greenhouse gas emissions were curbed, although numerous impacts of climate change, like powerful storms, droughts and flooding, have already begun.

In the Middle East, there has been blood because the White House has thrown all-in behind the murderous Saudi Arabia regime of Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, or MBS - even after the Central Intelligence Agency confirmed that MBS ordered his goons to murder and dismember an American resident, Jamal Khashoggi, who was a columnist for the Washington Post. Yet emissions worldwide continue to rise.

Meanwhile, environmental activists are begging the president to believe the evidence produced by his own administration.

And yet, the chances of Trump taking any of the advice from this report, which was conducted by HIS administration, are somewhere close to zero. Why? He said the agreement would hurt the US economy and said there was little evidence it would improve the environment. Trump has a long history of denying climate change. But the consistent mishandling and misreporting by major news network talk shows has obfuscated the importance of the report. George Grow wrote the report for VOA Learning English.

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