Dire report says climate change will shrink United States economy
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Nov 27, 2018,
Nov 27, 2018, 1:06
Last year, the President announced his intent to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Deal to combat climate change, though the country can not do so until after the 2020 presidential election. Add Donald Trump as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Donald Trump news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
Some of these impacts are already being felt in the United States, the report said, and recent extreme weather and climate-related events can now be attributed "with increasingly higher confidence to human-caused warming".
The report supplements a study issued previous year that concluded humans are the main driver of global warming and warned of catastrophic effects to the planet. The report notes the last few years have smashed US records for damaging weather, costing almost $400 billion since 2015.
Despite ongoing debate over the climate concerns, the While House had called the Government report inaccurate.
"There is a freaky contrast between this report, which is being released by this administration, and this administration's own policies", said Philip B. Duffy, president of the Woods Hole Research Center.
The White House released the report only a day after Americans celebrated Thanksgiving-on Black Friday-which is the busiest shopping day of the year.
Responding to questions about the economic impacts of climate change, Trump said it doesn't think they will be devastating.
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While the report said quick action to reduce greenhouse gas pollution could dramatically affect the state of the planet by the end of the century, numerous impacts the US will see in the next two decades appear irreversible.
Trump tweeted this week about the cold weather hitting the East including: "Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS - Whatever happened to Global Warming?" "Our climate always changes and we see those ebb and flows through time", Sen. This is what climate change looks like and it will become far worse unless we rapidly shift to a low-carbon economy.
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.
Gore was not the only critic questioning the timing of the release. He said that unlike Trump, most Americans are anxious about climate change.
Mr. Trump has been criticized for pulling the US out of the Paris climate accord that he said put too many restrictions on the USA while going easy on big polluters such as China.
Despite the report, there is no indication that the Trump administration will alter its policies. "That means we have to focus on us", he said.
Citing numerous studies, the report says more than 90 percent of the current warming is caused by humans.