White House plays down climate report's alarming findings

Pablo Tucker
November 26, 2018

"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", the report says.

"But asked about the study's conclusion that climate change would devastate the USA and world economy if left unchecked, he declared: "I don't believe it."'I don't believe it" as he left the White House for campaign stops in Mississippi. Heartland sent out a half-hearted release on Saturday, with three pitiful quotes blaming the Deep State for the report's full-scale demolition of the facade of denial.

During a press conference Friday, officials behind the report repeatedly declined to answer questions about the timing of its release and why it contradicts public statements from Trump.

The next report - due out in four years - would look more closely at climate modeling and projections, the spokesperson said, which would "provide for a more transparent and data-driven process that includes fuller information on the range of potential scenarios and outcomes".

The Trump administration has rolled back several environmental regulations put in place during the Obama administration and has promoted the production of fossil fuels.

Several haters argued that Trump talking about weather did amount to a discussion on climate, but the temperature on a single day, even when observed over time, can not be compared to global warming.


Gore, who since his time as vice president has become an outspoken advocate for the need to counteract the effects of global warming, said in a statement that the White House was trying to "bury this critical US assessment of the climate crisis" by releasing it the day after Thanksgiving.

The Fourth National Climate Assessment report, from the US governments Global Change Research Program, was just released.

In the paper, titled the Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II, officials claim that global warming and extreme weather conditions would affect most sectors of the U.S. economy, ranging from infrastructure to healthcare.

After a cold snap across much of the USA last week, some are reviving the debunked talking point that cold weather disproves climate change. So how serious is climate change's affect on the economy?

Then there was this from the report: "Global average temperature has increased by about 1.8 [degrees] from 1901 to 2016, and observational evidence does not support any credible natural explanations for this amount of warming".

He had tweeted about record cold temperatures over Thanksgiving, adding, 'Whatever happened to Global Warming?'


Instead, it asserts that warming is occurring, and it's largely caused by humans.

And Donald Wuebbles, a co-author from University of IL climate scientist, said, "We're going to continue to see severe weather events get stronger and more intense".

Meanwhile, the report warned that even if major cuts are made to harmful greenhouse gases (GHGs) like carbon dioxide and methane, the damage will linger for years. "As a climate scientist it is nearly surreal".

Released last November, the first part of the report concluded that it was "extremely likely" that climate change was caused by humans.

Scientists who have been raising the alarm about the negative consequences of climate change for years welcomed the findings.


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