Published: Wed, November 28, 2018
Money | By Arnold Ball

Trump rejects projections in climate change report

Trump rejects projections in climate change report

The report says climate change will harm infrastructure and property and impede economic growth without regional planning and a substantial global effort to curb emissions.

US President Donald Trump has rejected the findings of a government report that outlines the possible impact of climate change on the US economy.

The National Climate Assessment, quietly unveiled on Friday, warned that natural disasters are worsening in the USA because of global warming.

Last night he dismissed the report, saying: "I don't believe it", and adding that he would not take measures to cut emissions unless other countries did.

"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", he said.

"Right now, we're at the cleanest we've ever been. So I want clean air, I want clean water, very important".

Trump said the USA is "at the cleanest we've ever been", and that it is other countries that are dirty.

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Mr Trump has long said he distrusts the consensus by almost all the world's respected climate scientists on the link between human activity and rising temperatures.

"We're just suggesting, Mr. President, if you don't want to believe science or the 1,600-page report your team tried to slip past the American public on Friday, maybe just start with climatekids.nasa.gov". It says warming-charged extremes "have already become more frequent, intense, widespread or of long duration".

In October, President Trump accused climate change scientists of having a "political agenda", telling Fox News he was unconvinced that humans were responsible for the earth's rising temperatures.

The report, written with the help of more than a dozen United States government agencies and departments, said the effects of climate change would harm human health, damage infrastructure, limit water availability, and alter coastlines.

He has also set in motion the process to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change, which is due to be completed in November 2020.

That means reducing global emissions of Carbon dioxide by 45% from 2010 levels by 2030, and reducing coal use to nearly zero and using up to seven million sq km for land energy crops.

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