Trump doesn't believe his own govt's climate warning

Federal climate report warns of more weather 'weirding'

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The Congress-commissioned report, of which Trump told reporters, "I've read some of it", warns that climate change will not only continue to contribute to weather extremes and impact global health, but it will cost the US economy hundreds of billions of dollars every year.

Brenda Ekwurzel, one of the report's authors, said there's ample evidence of rising costs from recent western wildfires, droughts and hurricanes.

Disasters will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars in lost economic activity and damage the health of millions, according to the US National Climate Change Assessment published on Friday.

Donald Trump has dismissed a damning climate change study produced by his own government, simply telling reporters, "I don't believe it".

In a statement, a White House spokeswoman said the newly released installment - the fourth in a series of reports mandated by Congress - began under the Obama administration and that future efforts would rely on more accurate models and show that alarm is overblown.

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"The potential for losses in some sectors could reach hundreds of billions of dollars per year by the end of this century", the report said. In particular, it finds that climate change will likely cost the USA hundreds of billions of dollars per year if it fails to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Trump's views on climate change at this point are very, very well established.

Last year, Trump announced his intent to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris deal to combat climate change, becoming the first country of 200 to do so.

The report added that global warming would disproportionately hurt the poor, broadly undermine human health, damage infrastructure, limit the availability of water, alter coastlines, and boost costs in industries from farming, to fisheries and energy production.

The report, written with the help of more than a dozen USA government agencies and departments, said the effects of climate change would harm human health, damage infrastructure, limit water availability, and alter coastlines. For instance, the report notes under one sea-level-rise scenario, the number of major power plant substations in Florida that would be exposed to flooding from a Category 3 storm "could more than double by 2050 and triple by 2070".

Earlier, the White House had played down the report.

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"So I want clean air, I want clean water, very important".

This shortsighted understanding of climate change - that the mere existence a chilly day disproves global warming - was also addressed in the climate study.

"Even if significant emissions reductions occur, numerous effects from sea level rise over this century - and particularly through mid-century - are already locked in due to historical emissions", the report explains, underscoring the necessity for coastal communities to prepare. Eight-in-10 Democrats, 54% of independents, and 22% of Republicans thought in August that climate change has an impact the fires.

Media Matters editor John Whitehouse on Twitter provides the example of a Meet the Press panel in which a panelist, who is not a scientist, is given the opportunity to weigh in on whether climate change is indeed a fact, saying, "We need to also recognize we had two of the coldest years, biggest drop in global temperatures that we have had since the 1980s, the biggest in the last 100 years".

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