The White House released an alarming climate change report on Black Friday, attempting to bury a 1,656-page government assessment that directly contradicts President Trump's history of climate change denial.
"When we have the flu, you have a fever - that's one symptom of the flu".
The damning report, known as the National Climate Assessment, says that the consequences of climate change will leave no part of the USA untouched and that the warming climate will increase wildfires, crumble infrastructure, worsen air quality, destroy crops and lead to more frequent disease outbreaks. Trump has argued that "raking" forests would mitigate wildfire risk, and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has backed up the president's assertions, claiming that poor forest management was the real risk - not climate change. "But we're not going to hold our breath because unlike the climate, some things never actually change".
The report's conclusions fly in the face of the Trump administration's efforts to countermand President Obama's policies to reduce global warming, including limiting future increases in fuel economy, scrapping a program to clean up power plants-which would have helped make current and future electric vehicles cleaner-promoting electricity production from coal, and withdrawing the USA from the Paris Climate Accord.
The measure, signed by almost 200 countries, sets rules for fighting climate change.
The president's reaction has made it tougher for already-reluctant Republicans to embrace a dramatic response to global warming.
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The report, the second of four such annual studies commissioned by Congress, concludes not only that the world's temperature is rising and but also that the preponderance of evidence suggests human actions play a role in it.
The report also comes amid a presidential administration that has been the most pro oil and gas industry on record and one whose policies, particularly rolling back Obama-era environmental policies, have set environmentalists on edge. "Right now, we're the cleanest we've ever been". A warming planet doesn't mean there won't be cold days. 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.
Trump said the United States is "at the cleanest we've ever been", and that it is other countries that are dirty.
"But if we're clean, but every other place on earth is dirty, that's not so good. It's a moral imperative", said Hillary Clinton in a statement Monday.
Last year, President Trump announced plans to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Agreement. It should be noted that this disastrous climate change report heralding the apocalypse comes on the heels of a report in Nature that showed the global tree canopy increased 865,000 square miles in the past 30-plus years.
"Any change in the climate poses a major challenge to agriculture through increased rates of crop failure, reduced livestock productivity and altered rates of pressure from pests, weeds and diseases", according to the report's chapter on agriculture.
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