Trump says doesn't believe own government's climate warning

President Trump's administration produced a study from 13 federal agencies and more than 300 climate scientists saying that climate change will be catastrophic to the US economy.

Gore, who since his time as vice president has become an outspoken advocate for the need to counteract the effects of global warming, said in a statement that the White House was trying to "bury this critical US assessment of the climate crisis" by releasing it the day after Thanksgiving.

The report also comes amid a presidential administration that has been the most pro oil and gas industry on record and one whose policies, particularly rolling back Obama-era environmental policies, have set environmentalists on edge. She added that the government's next update of the National Climate Assessment "gives us the opportunity to provide for a more transparent and data-driven process that includes fuller information on the range of potential scenarios and outcomes". Nonetheless, DeLay accused the government of confirmation bias while arguing that human impact on climate shifts is "not widely accepted" science.

The report came out on Black Friday, a holiday for most Americans and one of the busiest shopping days of the year, leading critics to charge Trump with trying to bury the findings. "It's flawed, it's ridiculous, and frankly, embarrassing".

"I've seen it, I've read some of it, and it's fine", the Republican president told reporters at the White House.

The president was responding to a stunning report released by his administration Friday that said climate change will cost the US economy hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century, damaging everything from human health to infrastructure and agricultural production. It's now CLIMATE CHANGE'.

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, said the Senate Agriculture Committee, which he chairs, would likely hold a hearing on the report's findings in the near future.

The last few years have seen a record amount of damaging weather, which has costed the country almost $400 billion since 2015, according to the report.

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Last year, Trump announced his intent to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Deal to combat climate change, though the country can not do so until after the 2020 presidential election. "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.

Like countless reports before it, including the UN's special report from October, the study also concludes, based on extensive evidence, that human activities are the dominant cause of global warming.

Crop yields from the U.S. Midwest, known as the "breadbasket of the world", could fall to 1980 levels by 2050, the report estimates, and that the southeastern U.S. could develop its own fire season.

The report goes on to detail the economic impact of climate change (hundreds of billions lost, with farms being hardest hit) and the physical toll it could take on our collective health, as factors like air quality, disease transmission by insects, food and water will 'increasingly threaten the health and well-being of the American people'. Cooking the next report will not change the facts.

Climate change will diminish water supplies and agricultural output in Arizona and increase wildfires and health risks in the state, according to a wide-ranging new federal report.

He said the U.S. would not take measures to cut emissions unless the same was done in other countries.

The Associated Press and VOA News reported this story.

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