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Trump rejects findings of U.S. government climate change report

28 November 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.

The report found that climate change will cost the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars annually and damage health.

The Trump administration was required to release the National Climate Assessment by law, but the report itself wasn't due until December. "I've read some of it, and it is fine".

Asked about the report's conclusions on the climate crisis's economic impact on the country, Trump declared, "I don't believe it".

The analysis is an annual assessment mandated by Congress, and was compiled by government scientists.

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Trump has long said he distrusts the consensus by almost all the world's respected climate scientists on the link between human activity and rising temperatures, as well as other damaging climate change phenomena.

Last year, the President announced his intent to withdraw the USA from the 2015 Paris Deal to combat climate change, though the country can not do so until after the 2020 presidential election.

"The impacts of global climate change are already being felt in the United States and are projected to intensify in the future - 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", the report states. In the meantime, the US is still attending global climate negotiations, but at next week's critical UN COP24 Summit in Poland US officials are set to focus on promoting "clean coal" to developing nations.

"If we're clean, but every other place on earth is dirty, that's not so good", he said.

It also notes that Tampa Bay Water, the largest wholesale water utility in the Southeast, "is coordinating with groups including the Florida Water and Climate Alliance to study the impact of climate change on its ability to provide clean water in the future". Mike Lee told NBC's "Meet The Press" he too thinks "innovation" is a more desirable way to address climate change versus environmentalists' approach of increasing the cost of the carbon emissions that are heating the planet.

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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. "Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS - Whatever happened to Global Warming?" he posted on Twitter.

Thirteen federal agencies and more than 300 authors produced the report; their work stretched into the first two years of the Trump administration.

The report mentions the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact, which was formed in 2010 by Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach counties and now includes 35 local governments trying to find ways to cope with climate change.

On Friday, when families in the United States were still recuperating from Thanksgiving dinners, the federal government chose to release a detailed report on how climate change will change our lives over the coming century.

In its release, the White House also pointed to a 14 percent drop in carbon emissions from 2005, an artificial benchmark based on when USA emissions peaked.

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Trump rejects findings of U.S. government climate change report