Black Friday report shows climate change already very expensive in US

Saul Bowman
November 27, 2018

Mr Trump said outside the White House on Monday that he had seen the report and "read some of it".

The report assigns specific expenses to the monumental effects of a warming planet, finding that climate change could slash up to a 10th of the United States' gross domestic product (GDP) by 2100.

He wrote, "Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS - Whatever happened to Global Warming?".

To this Sarmah fired back by saying, "I am 54 years younger than you. That's why we need a Select Committee on a Green New Deal, & why fossil fuel-funded officials shouldn't be writing climate change policy".

Gore said he hoped the report would push Trump to take action to tackle climate change. "Rapid intensification of storms is also more likely as the climate warms, even though there is also some historical evidence that the same conditions that lead to this intensification also act to weaken hurricane intensity near the US coast, but it is unclear whether this relationship will continue as the climate warms further", the report said.

However, Trump and his administration are not convinced.

That is why it is called climate change.

"I don't believe it", he told reporters outside the White House before boarding Air Force One for a flight to Mississippi. "And if we can't, that's fine", said Trump in June 2017.


The scientific report, which comes out every four years as mandated by Congress, was produced by 13 federal agencies and released by the Trump administration.

"We have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, work on adaptation and mitigation, and explore technology solutions such as geoengineering and carbon capture and sequestration", Johnson added.

David Easterling, director of the technical support unit at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Centers for Environmental Information, said there had been "no external interference" in the report.

Without significant reductions in greenhouse emissions, the annual average global temperature could increase 9 degrees Fahrenheit (5 Celsius) or more by the end of this century, compared with preindustrial temperatures, the report says.

He also gave a lukewarm reaction to publication of a major United Nations report warning in October of global warming-caused chaos, saying "I want to look who drew it, you know, which groups drew it, because I can give you reports that are fabulous and I can give you reports that aren't so good". The second volume of the fourth National Climate Assessment detailed the enormous and potentially catastrophic effects of climate change on the environment and humanity should it continue unmitigated.

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.

Trump and several members of his cabinet have also repeatedly cast doubt on the science of climate change, arguing the causes and impacts are not yet settled.

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