Contrary to President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly expressed skepticism about the existence of climate change, the report says that "the evidence of human-caused climate change is overwhelming and continues to strengthen, that the impacts of climate change are intensifying across the country, and that climate-related threats to Americans' physical, social, and economic well-being are rising". Thank you in advance for helping us keep our comments on topic, civil, respectful, family-friendly, and fact-based.
The report found that global warming will cost the United States hundreds of billions of dollars and damage human health.
For Trump, fervently denying the existence of climate change is nothing new.
According to David Reidmiller, director of the National Climate Assessment, industries likely to see the biggest impacts from climate change are three that are crucial to Florida's economy: agriculture, tourism and fishing.
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"The area burned by wildfire from 1984 to 2015 was twice what would have burned had climate change not occurred", the authors state. That's up from 2010, when Gallup first asked it and only a third of Americans thought global warming would impact them.
In a statement, a White House spokeswoman said the newly released installment - the fourth in a series of reports mandated by Congress - began under the Obama administration and that future efforts would rely on more accurate models and show that alarm is overblown. It details how global warming from the burning of coal, oil and gas is hurting each region of the US and how it impacts different sectors of the economy, including energy and agriculture. The findings are a sharp rebuke to the Trump administration's insistence that environmental regulations hurt jobs and hinder economic growth.
"Right now, we're at the cleanest we've ever been and it's very important to me", Trump said. On the same program, GOP Senator Mike Lee said that climate change would need to be combatted not with legislation, but with "innovation", once again shifting the blame onto citizens rather than government. Unless we start making some major changes - and soon - we face the very real potential of crossing the point of no return when it comes to the planet's warming, and the consequences that result from it.
Trump and several members of his cabinet have also repeatedly cast doubt on the science of climate change, arguing the causes and impacts are not yet settled.
"But if we're clean, but every other place on earth is dirty, that's not so good". In mid-2017, the US withdrew from the Paris climate change accord, the only country to have approved the historic accord then withdraw from it. Related: Could Oil Prices Fall To $40?
'This report makes it clear that climate change is not some problem in the distant future. "And if we can't, that's fine", said Trump in June 2017.