The Trump administration is downplaying the significance of a report issued Friday that included dire predictions about the impact of climate change in the U.S. The White House said the study was largely based on "the most extreme scenario" and doesn't account for new technology and other innovations that could diminish carbon emissions and the effects of climate change. It's a lot like an event the United States arranged during last year's climate conference in Bonn, Germany that Michael Bloomberg (the former NY mayor and now UN Special Envoy for Climate Action) described as "promoting tobacco at a cancer summit".
Last year he appeared to be confused over news that it could be the coldest New Year's on record, tweeting that the country could use a little bit of global warming.
The report goes on to predict that climate change will be especially costly on the nation's coasts, with rising seas and severe storm surges, leading to lower property values.
Ever since Trump took office, environmentalist groups have sounded alarms over the U.S. government's stance on the issue of anthropogenic climate change.
The report forecasts that the U.S. could lose hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century due to this changing climate.
The US climate assessment outlines the potential impacts of climate change across every sector of American society.
Climate change is already taking a toll on US agriculture, health, tourism, fisheries, energy, transportation, infrastructure, businesses and more. That's the one thing in an extensive report released by the USA government.
The National Climate Assessment was released the day after Thanksgiving.
"All the proposals I've seen so far that would address any of these issues would devastate the US economy and have little or no benefit that is demonstrable from our standpoint", he said.
"The findings in the Trump administration's NCA report show how the health and daily lives of Americans are becoming more and more interrupted because of climate change", said Beverly Wright, founding director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice and a professor at Dillard University.
But the difference now is that every other delegation will have the U.S. government's own dire climate assessment in hand when it comes time to discuss the importance of meeting carbon emissions targets and improving financing for climate adaptation.
The 2018 National Climate Assessment addresses the change in temperatures globally, 'Over climate timescales of multiple decades. global temperature continues to steadily increase'.
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".
"In Houston, communities of color have endured back to back major weather events without the acknowledgment from Washington that climate change is the cause".
"I had breakfast this morning too, and that doesn't mean we alleviated world hunger - and that's what that logic is like". "It doesn't put it far off in the distance, it doesn't talk about polar bears, and that's what we need more of with these types of reports - not just all the graphs and jargon".