Trump Rejects More Proof of Climate Change
President of the United States of America Donald Trump has reportedly rejected the projections of a recent report on climate change and its expected effects. The POTUS has opted to turn a blind eye to the report’s findings, which are predicting that climate change and its secondary effects will cause severe economic damage to the American economy.
The congressionally commissioned report revealed that changing temperatures and weather patterns will cost the US economy billions of dollars by the end of the 21st century. However, Trump has made it clear that he does not believe that these impacts will be ‘devastating’.
Explaining his stance, the Republican president noted to reporters at the White House that he has seen the report, and that it is ‘fine’. However, when he was asked about the expected economic catastrophe, he simply said, ‘I don’t believe it.’
Report Released on Black Friday
The irony of the report was not lost on all who read it. The document was published on Black Friday – the day after Thanksgiving on which millions of Americans flock to the shops to purchase items with drastically reduced prices. Critics of the POTUS have theorized that the timing of the report was intended to bury it from public sight.
In 2017, Trump revealed his intentions of withdrawing the US from the 2015 Paris agreement to combat climate change, becoming the first nation out of 200 members to do so. According to UN rules, however, the president cannot officially quit the deal until the 2020 presidential election has taken place.
In his comments, he noted that right now, he believes that his country is the ‘cleanest [it’s] ever been’, which is apparently very important to him. On the other hand, he said, if the US is clean but every other country on the planet is ‘dirty’, then that is not an ideal situation at all.
Warnings of Catastrophic Effects
Local industry carbon emissions dropped by a minor 2.7% last year as countless coal plants closed down and the use of renewable energy sources grew. However, critics of the president say that leaving the Paris agreement means that the US is leaving other nations to spearhead the global fight to reverse climate change before it’s too late.
The president has also nixed many of the Obama administration’s climate and environmental laws, like the Clean Power Plan, while simultaneously aiming to increase output of gas, coal and oil for domestic use and export to the nation’s partners and allies. America’s crude oil output is already the highest in the world, surpassing those of both Russia and Saudi Arabia.
The climate change report, which was penned by more than a dozen US government agencies, has warned that the effects of the phenomenon would threaten human health, damage infrastructure, prompt droughts and alter coast-lines. It also noted that humans are the main cause of global warming, but that damage projections could change if greenhouse emissions can be curbed in good time.