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Chris
and Nancy Brown embrace while searching through the remains of
their home, leveled by the Camp Fire, in Paradise, Calif., on
Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. As the fire approached, Nancy Brown
escaped from the home with her 2-year-old and three
dogs.

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Berger/AP


  • President Donald Trump responded on Monday to the bombshell
    climate assessment released by his administration on Friday,
    saying he doesn’t believe the economic impact its predicted to
    have on the country.
  • The report, which is the fourth National Climate Assessment
    to be released, following a mandate from a law passed in 1990,
    was shared with the public on November 23 — the day after the
    Thanksgiving holiday.
  • “No, no, I don’t believe it,” he said in response to a
    reporter. “And here’s the other thing, you’re going to have to
    have China and Japan and all of Asia and all these other
    countries — you know, it [the report] addresses our country.”
  • “Annual losses in some economic sectors are projected to
    reach hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century —
    more than the current gross domestic product (GDP) of many US
    states,” according to the report.

President Donald Trump responded on Monday to the bombshell
climate
assessment
released by his administration on Black Friday,
saying he doesn’t believe the economic impact its predicted to
have on the country.

“Mr. President, have you read the climate report yet?” a reporter
asked Trump outside the White House.

“I’ve seen it, I’ve read some of it, and it’s fine,” Trump
responded.

“They say the economic impact would be devastating—” the reporter
continued, referring to the projected economic loss of
hundreds-of-billions due to climate change.

“Yeah, I don’t believe it,” Trump replied.


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The
Trump administration released a dire new report on climate change
that predicts hundreds of billions of dollars in economic
losses

The economic impact predicted by the report

The report, which is the fourth National Climate Assessment to be
released, following a mandate from a law passed in 1990, was
shared with the public on November 23 — the day after the
Thanksgiving holiday.

Per the report, the temperature in the US has already risen 1.8
degrees Farenheit since 1990, and it’s predicted to go up another
2.5 degrees by 2050, and if the emission of greenhouse gasses
continues at its current rate, the temperature could rise as much
as 11 degrees Farenheit by 2100.

And the report predicts that climate change will have a big
impact on the economy.

“Annual losses in some economic sectors are projected to reach
hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century — more
than the current gross domestic product (GDP) of many US states,”
according to the report.

By 2090, deaths associated with climate change could cost $140
billion, and the report says
that
“almost two billion labor hours are projected to be lost
annually by 2090 from the impacts of temperature extremes,
costing an estimated $160 billion in lost wages.”

The report also lays out how climate change will impact food
production, ecosystems, human health, infrastructure, migration,
clean water — and it explains how we can respond through adaptation and
reducing
carbon emissions

“Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the
history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human
activities,” the report says. “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.”

“That’s very important to me.”

In his conversation with reporters, Trump deflected by talking
about other nations, but he did discuss clean air and water.

“No, no, I don’t believe it,” he said in response to a reporter
following up on his initial denial. “And here’s the other thing,
you’re going to have to have China and Japan and all of Asia and
all these other countries — you know, it [the report] addresses
our country.”

“Right now we’re at the cleanest we’ve ever been and that’s very
important to me,” he continued. “But if we’re clean, but every
other place on Earth is dirty, that’s not so good. So I want
clean air, I want clean water, very important.”

However, the report
makes it plain
that both clean air and clean water are at
risk due to climate change.

“The quality and quantity of water available for use by people
and ecosystems across the country are being affected by climate
change, increasing risks and costs to agriculture, energy
production, industry, recreation, and the environment,” the
report explains.

Clean air is also threatened by rising temperatures: “Changes in
temperature and precipitation are increasing air quality and
health risks from wildfire and ground-level ozone pollution.”

Trump on climate change

Trump has wavered on the issue of climate change — at one point
during the 2016 election he called it a “hoax.”


Earlier this year, however, he said
“I don’t think it’s a
hoax, I think there’s probably a difference,” but questioned
weather it was caused by human activity. A scientific
consensus
(and this recent report) has agreed that the
warming trend is human-caused.

In 2017, Trump pulled the US out of the
Paris Climate Agreement
, a deal negotiated in 2015 between
195 countries aimed at taking measures to stop the world’s
temperature from rising 2 degrees Celsius.

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