Trump Administration Report on Climate Change Warns of Dire Environmental, Economic Consequences

Pat Wise
November 25, 2018

Trump a year ago announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Deal agreed by almost 200 nations to combat climate change, arguing the accord would hurt the U.S. economy and provide little tangible environmental benefit.

"Releasing this report when no one is looking, tweeting his annual nonsense about global warming and cold weather, and announcing that he'll use the upcoming United Nations climate meetings as a fossil fuel tradeshow, Trump is doubling down on his climate denial for the holidays-as many families are still reeling from unnatural climate disasters across the country", Hauter continued. By century's end, the report projects thousands of additional deaths annually from worsening heat waves and air pollution, as well as declining crop yields and the loss of key coral reef and sea ice ecosystems.

What makes the report different from others is that it focuses on the United States, then goes more local and granular.

The report stresses that immediate action is imperative.

The report, the Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II, supplements a study issued previous year that concluded humans are the main cause of global warming, and warned of potentially catastrophic effects to the planet.

"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 of many USA states", the report concluded.

A NOAA spokeswoman said the report was "out earlier than expected" and was released ahead of two major scientific meetings on climate change in the coming weeks.

In a worst-case climate-change scenario, the document finds, labor-related losses by 2090 as a result of extreme heat - the sort that makes it hard to work outdoors or seriously lowers productivity - could amount to an estimated $155 billion annually.

"This report draws a direct connection between the warming atmosphere and the resulting changes that affect Americans' lives, communities, and livelihoods, now and in the future", the document reads, concluding that "the evidence of human-caused climate change is overwhelming and continues to strengthen, that the impacts of climate change are intensifying across the country, and that climate-related threats to Americans' physical, social, and economic well-being are rising". "But the severity of future impacts will depend largely on actions taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adapt to the changes that will occur".

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Trump has praised the use of fossil fuels in the past, and the administration stood by this on Friday.

Since taking power, President Donald Trump has been rolling back his predecessor's environmental and climate protections in order to maximise the production of domestic fossil fuels.

Trump, as well as several members of his Cabinet, have also cast doubt on the science of climate change, saying the causes of global warming are not yet settled.

Trump tweeted this week about the cold weather hitting the East including: "Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS - Whatever happened to Global Warming?"

Environmental groups said the report reinforced their calls for the United States to take action on climate change.

Report co-author Katharine Hayhoe, of Texas Tech University, said "we are seeing the things we said would be happening, happen now in real life".

The congressionally mandated report was quietly issued Friday during a holiday weekend.

The report, written with the help of over 1,000 people, including about 300 scientists from outside the government, indicates that climate change could have a significant impact on trade and overseas operations.

Sea levels are continuing to rise, and extreme events like heavy rain and floods continue to increase worldwide, which will "cascade across economic sectors", Easterling said, warning of "substantial net damage to the U.S. economy". "It's our reality nowadays", said Susanne Torriente, who also reviewed the report.

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