Trump voices skepticism over report on climate change

Trump voices skepticism over report on climate change Photo: AP/Jacquelyn Martin

November 26, 2018 02:14 PM

President Donald Trump Monday voiced skepticism when it came to a report issued by his administration on the economic effects of climate change.

"I don't believe it," he said according to the Associated Press.

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The National Climate Assessment was written long before the deadly fires in California this month and Hurricanes Florence and Michael raked the East Coast and Florida. It says warming-charged extremes "have already become more frequent, intense, widespread or of long duration.

RELATED: Government climate report warns of worsening US disasters

"The federal report says the last few years have smashed records for damaging weather in the U.S., costing nearly $400 billion since 2015. "Warmer and drier conditions have contributed to an increase in large forest fires in the western United States and interior Alaska," according to the report.

"We are seeing the things we said would be happening, happen now in real life," said report co-author Katharine Hayhoe of Texas Tech University. "As a climate scientist, it is almost surreal."

And report co-author Donald Wuebbles, a University of Illinois climate scientist, said, "We're going to continue to see severe weather events get stronger and more intense."


 

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