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

Trump rejects projections in climate change report

But if the Trump White House thought releasing a major climate report in the midst of a hectic holiday weekend would bury its findings, headlines and news programs show that strategy appears to have failed.

On Friday, a congressionally mandated government report said that climate change will cost the US economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, ranging across numerous sectors including health care and infrastructure.

"And it's fine", he said.

The National Climate Assessment reaches similar conclusions to a recently released report from an worldwide panel of distinguished scientists convened by the United Nations, which predicted that without greatly accelerating the reduction of greenhouse gases there is a strong risk that some of the more dire consequences of climate change could result as early as 2040.

The report notes that the effects of climate change are already being felt in communities across the country, including more frequent and intense extreme weather and climate-related events. The report noted the last few years have smashed USA records for damaging weather, costing almost US$400 billion (NZ$590 billion) since 2015.

"No, no, I don't believe it", he repeated.

A CBS news poll from April of this year found a majority of Americans (54%) thought climate change was caused by mostly human activity (such as burning fossil fuels) rather than the quarter who said it's caused by mostly natural patterns.

The report puts a dollar figure on the economic damages from unmitigated climate change.

The Trump administration was required to release the National Climate Assessment by law, but the report itself wasn't due until December.

"They grow things that we eat globally, so when we buy popcorn and when we go to buy bread or dairy, those are impacts on our bottom-line issues in our own homes".

"I don't believe it", Trump told reporters on Monday after admitting to having read "some" of the report.

Trump's lack of support for the report shouldn't really come as a surprise, considering his history of dismissing climate change. Those prodded for a response offered various answers, ranging from a dismissal of its conclusions to supporting some type of action to mitigate the effects of a warming planet as long as it did not impede economic growth.

The measure, signed by almost 200 countries, sets rules for fighting climate change.

Regional economies and industries that depend on natural resources and a favorable climate, including agriculture, tourism and fisheries, will suffer, the report finds. We ask that any comments by climate-change denialists be flagged for moderation. The second volume of the fourth National Climate Assessment detailed the vast and potentially catastrophic effects of climate change on the environment and humanity should it continue unmitigated.

Fact: climate change could cost the United States economy upward of $500 BILLION a year.

In its release, the White House also pointed to a 14 percent drop in carbon emissions from 2005, an artificial benchmark based on when USA emissions peaked.

- Washington Post, with additional reporting from Associated Press writer John Lemire.

The report avoids proposing policy changes.



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