White House Says Dire Climate Report Based on 'Extreme Scenario'


Federal climate report warns of more weather 'weirding'

Climate change could cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars every year by 2050 unless drastic measures are taken to reduce carbon emissions, said a report released Friday.

The new federal climate report, released by the Trump administration a day after Thanksgiving, issues a dire warning about the economic impact from the deteriorating environment.

The report draws stronger conclusions than three earlier National Climate Assessments in 2000, 2009, and 2014, noting that these types of natural disasters have been increasing in the last 15 years, and that the chances of having more such events going forward are increasing.

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

The Trump administration chose to speed up release of the new report, which is required by law, putting it out on Black Friday instead of in December.

The NCA "gives us the opportunity to provide for a more transparent and data-driven process that includes fuller information on the range of potential scenarios and outcomes", Walters said.

Study co-author Andrew Light, an global policy expert at the World Resources Institute, told The Associated Press that releasing the report on Black Friday 'is a transparent attempt by the Trump Administration to bury this report and continue the campaign of not only denying but suppressing the best of climate science'. "As a climate scientist it is nearly surreal".

Climate scientists have said for decades that marginalized populations, particularly those in low-income communities and often people of color, will be the first and hardest hit by climate change's effects.

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The report said it was "very likely that some physical and ecological impacts will be irreversible for thousands of years, while others will be permanent". We should trust what were seeing with our own eyes: more intense wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and heat waves.

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 report was reviewed by 13 federal agencies. He has also rolled back Obama-era environmental and climate protections to boost production of domestic fossil fuels.

National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Collin O'Mara also waded in, criticizing the timing of the release.

"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.

Indeed, the White House report dismissed the idea, pushed by Trump himself among others, that cold weather suggests that global warming might not be occurring.

The latest National Climate Assessment concludes that without "substantial and sustained global mitigation, ' climate change will cause "growing losses to American infrastructure and property" and impede the 'rate of economic growth"; Ellison Barber reports. On Wednesday amid plunging temperatures on the East Coast, he wondered in a tweet: "Whatever happened to global warming?"

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