Pres. Trump: 'I don't believe' government climate report finding

Muriel Colon
November 28, 2018

The National Climate Assessment, quietly unveiled Friday, warns that natural disasters are worsening in the United States because of global warming.

The National Climate Assessment reaches similar conclusions to a recently released report from an worldwide panel of distinguished scientists convened by the United Nations, which predicted that without greatly accelerating the reduction of greenhouse gases there is a strong risk that some of the more dire consequences of climate change could result as early as 2040. Trump says, "I don't believe it".

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Trump also claimed the USA is "cleanest" it has ever been.

Trump said the United States is "at the cleanest we've ever been", and that it is other countries that are dirty. "So I want clean air, I want clean water, very important".

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.

Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused the Trump administration of trying to hide the report.

Compiled by more than 300 scientists, the Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II is a congressionally-mandated report that spans more than 1,000 pages.

"Without substantial and sustained global mitigation and regional adaptation efforts, climate change is expected to cause growing losses to American infrastructure and property and impede the rate of economic growth over this century", it said. It says warming-charged extremes "have already become more frequent, intense, widespread or of long duration".

But it says that projections of future catastrophe could change if society works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and "to adapt to the changes that will occur".

During his election campaign in 2016 Trump said climate change was "a hoax". Even more damaging, with the Trump Administration's declared intent to withdraw from the Global Climate Change Agreement reached in Paris, we have abandoned the global leadership that helped gain meaningful commitments from China, India, Brazil, and other large carbon emitters.

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