A long-awaited climate report that the Trump administration released on Black Friday reportedly in an attempt to bury the news, shows that climate change is already having a dramatic effect on life in the US, and that among the things it will damage is the American economy.
Four years ago, federal officials published a report that labeled the Tampa Bay area as one area in Florida particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels. Eight-in-10 Democrats, 54% of independents, and 22% of Republicans thought in August that climate change has an impact the fires.
"The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make USA manufacturing non-competitive", Trump famously tweeted in 2012, for instance. In 2014, he penned this tweet: "It's late in July and it is really cold outside in NY". That's up from 2010, when Gallup first asked it and only a third of Americans thought global warming would impact them. We need some fast!
He ended his commentary saying that it is not necessary to "make climate great again", just make the climate "normal" again.
Scientists released the fourth National Climate Assessment on Friday-a detailed report that outlines the current state of the planet and what its future looks like.
"When we have the flu, you have a fever - that's one symptom of the flu".
Released by the White House over the holiday weekend in a transparent effort to bury its findings, this report spells out in detail the prohibitively high costs to our health, economy, environment and communities of failing to act to reduce the production of greenhouse gases and as a result bringing about the worst impacts of global warming.
An earlier portion of the climate change report was released in November 2017 and found "no convincing alternative explanation" for the changing climate other than "human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases".
According to David Reidmiller, director of the National Climate Assessment, industries likely to see the biggest impacts from climate change are three that are crucial to Florida's economy: agriculture, tourism and fishing.
The report avoids proposing policy changes.
It's, candidly, a terrifying read. It could be warming and it's going to start to cool at some point...
It's important to note here: This is not a partisan document.
The report, which is mandated by law every few years, is based on more than 1,000 previous research studies.
And yet, the chances of Trump taking any of the advice from this report, which was conducted by HIS administration, are somewhere close to zero. Why?
To put it more plainly, the seasons will change and there will still be cold days during global warming. The second volume of the fourth National Climate Assessment detailed the vast and potentially catastrophic effects of climate change on the environment and humanity should it continue unmitigated.
Unfortunately, Trump's willingness to ignore the conclusions of experts because it doesn't jibe with what he wants the truth to be isn't isolated to just the climate.
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