Donald Trump on Dire Government Climate Report: 'I Don't Believe It'

Pablo Tucker
November 27, 2018

CNN's Anderson Cooper called out President Donald Trump for dismissing a report from his own administration warning of the devastating economic impact of climate change.

According to CNN, the report that President Trump does not believe was released on Black Friday last week when the country was paying absolutely zero attention to politics.

This opinion is divided by party lines: 91% of Democrats said more should be done, and 67% of independents agreed. In the December 2015 Quinnipiac poll, 83% of Democrats thought the United States should be doing more, compared to 62% of independents and 26% of Republicans.

Blake Hurst, president of the Missouri Farm Bureau, said Monday the report was "pretty disturbing" but agreed that agricultural producers will have to meet the challenge.

The analysis, compiled by government scientists and quietly issued Friday, warns that the USA could shoulder hundreds of billions of dollars in costs from unchecked climate change, as floodwaters swamp coastal communities and droughts devastate crops.

On Monday, Trump told reporters that he had read "some" of the report.

The study, the Fourth National Climate Assessment, was compiled by 13 federal agencies and more than 300 leading climate scientists.

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The White House claim that "the report is largely based on the most extreme scenario" is false, said Katharine Hayhoe, an atmospheric scientist at Texas Tech University.

"I don't believe it", Trump said at the White House, adding that the United States would not take measures to cut emissions if the same was not done in other countries. It could be warming and it's going to start to cool at some point... "But that starts with some discussion of the magnitude of the challenge, the global elements to it and how the US shouldn't just do this as a feel-good measure but some sort of innovative proposal".

"All the proposals I've seen so far that would address any of these issues would devastate the US economy and have little or no benefit that is demonstrable from our standpoint", he said. "Rural communities, where economies are more tightly interconnected with agriculture than with other sectors, are particularly vulnerable to the agricultural volatility related to climate". The administration also has a campaign for the production of fossil fuels like coal.

Democrats said the report shows that addressing climate change must become a priority for next year's Congress.

But it says that projections of future catastrophe could change if society works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and "to adapt to the changes that will occur".

The study also dives into what is causing all this climate change - us.

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