by Axios | 11.24.18
The Trump administration released a major new climate science report on Black Friday, warning of "hundreds of billions of dollars" in annual losses to some economic sectors without scaled up actions to adapt to current changes and slash emissions to avoid future warming.
Why it matters: The report by scientists from 13 federal agencies constitutes the second volume of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which is a congressionally mandated report. Its conclusion: Lives and property are already at risk in the U.S. due to climate change.
The details: The contents of the new report, which consists of 29 chapters that were extensively peer reviewed, are bleak. The report points out that the era of climate consequences for the U.S. is well underway, and only actions taken in the next few years can be effective in addressing the scope and severity of the problem.
The backstory: The new report builds off of findings from the first volume of the National Climate Assessment, which was released by the Trump administration in November 2017.
"This report dives into details concerning the US in a way that has not been done before," Michael Wehner, a climate researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, told Axios.
Between the lines: The Trump administration has allowed the National Climate Assessment process to move forward without interference, while at the same time expressing doubt about the causes and extent of the threat of human-caused climate change when it comes to forming its energy policies.
In an interview with in November with "Axios on HBO," President Trump was presented with the first volume of the assessment, and he dismissed it.
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Climate Change is real, and it's happening right now. We are harming the planet through our own pollution and energy, which has a negative effect on Earth's climate. People's lives are at stake, and so many innocent lives have already been lost because of this issue. We need to address these problems once and for all before it's too late. To my representatives in office, please continue to push for solutions to Climate Change, and urge others to do the same. The Trump Administration needs to change it's stance on this issue, because we have seen living proof and enough evidence to show that Climate Change isn't a myth, it's a reality.
Climate change is going to be our biggest, most expensive problem if we don’t start dealing with it. like, yesterday. We can start by halting any bailouts or assistance to industries that are most contributive to pollution and CO2 emissions...let them die out and make way for greener resources.
What good is the report, if you have an administration that decided to release the information Friday after Thanksgiving with the knowledge that most people are traveling and won’t see it till Monday. That combined with the president who continues to say it is a hoax and questions who the scientists are that are writing these reports. For Christ sake he should know. It was a government study. He said it. Fucking Moron. Really this guy need His headg examined by mentaloo specialists and if it is the fact, which I’m sure it will be, that he suffers from narcissistic tendencies or any other condition which prevent him Thinking straight, he needs to be removed from office. Our planet is dying right in front of us, and we have an administration that Buries it’s head in the sand and prays to God that he’ll come rescue us.
Instead of ceding to scientists, expert meteorologists, etc, #45 Tweeted his buffoonery by confusing weather with climate change: “Brutal and Extended Cold Blasts could shatter ALL RECORDS - Whatever happened to Global Warming?”
I always see this vague claim “Congress needs to take action” it’s right up there with “common sense gun control” or “women’s health” and none of them really mean what they say. All I have seen so far, is that “Congress needs to take action!” means Carbon tax. (SHOCKER government agencies recommend more government control!) Which would be detrimental to the poorest among us who can’t afford anything else and accomplish nothing but making life more expensive and the same or worse pollution continues. The “left” in particular, needs to honest and informed about that in conversation. You can’t just shout meaningless platitudes like “Congress should take action!” (What action?) and assume victory, otherwise you are just a gayer Donald Trump. its just a power grab for the governing class, swooping in and controlling energy as they do many other facets of our civilization. Finally, the biggest problem here, is the expectation that government (people in suits in a room) are somehow equipped to solve problems better than you can. Nothing changes unless YOU want it to change and YOU change it.
Man cannot change the climate. I blame the Raccoons.
We should always be looking for the worse in Mother Nature. Just to be on the prepared side. But I really don’t see what congress could possibly do except grant large tax free bonds and free money for every climate grubby money hungry agency out there. It is we the people who must take the first step. Just listen to the experts on what we as individuals can do but congress spends your tax dollars foolishly.
Please join the effort to create a Green New Deal and actively transition our country to renewable energy and address the undeniable impacts of global warming that we are already experiencing in CA and all over the world. Resist every attempt by the Trump administration to undermine our health and safety thru deregulating the fossil fuel industries, opening up public lands to mining, fracking, and other destructive extractive methods, and allowing poisonous chemicals to be released into our air, water, and food/soil.
Politics distorts science on both ends of the spectrum. Smoking cigarettes is bad for you, vaccines work, GMOs are safe, more guns equals more gun deaths, depression isn’t purely biological, genes do predict educational achievement, being homosexual is not a choice, gender is not binary and parts of it are biological not social, nuclear power is overwhelming safe, evolution is real and ongoing, implicit bias testing has repeatedly failed to meet basic scientific standards, climate change is real and humans are driving the rate of change. It’s all too convenient to ignore or reject scientific findings that question deeply-felt political beliefs. To truly be pro-science, you can’t ignore the facts that don’t serve your political ends. Embracing science means acknowledging the evidence even when it goes against accepted dogma. The science will not go away just because you don’t like it. Extremism in the defense of liberty may not be a vice, but it is in defense of science, where facts matter more than faith—whether it comes in a religious or secular form—and where moderation in the pursuit of truth is a virtue.
Don’t let the Environmental Crisis become more worse than it already is. Hurricanes, earthquakes are becoming more prominent than ever before. Politicians need to stop worrying about money. Stop being greedy and think about Mother Earth rather than worrying about economics issues because those can be fixed. Environmental degradation is irreversible. Don’t let religion or a book hinder your ability to see reality as it is.
We need work on climate change, NOW!, not 2021. It may already too late to save us.
The science behind the warnings of climate change are real and factual. It is naive to ignore these findings and make “economic” decisions for short term gains. We must address climate change head-on and aggressively. It is probably too late to undo all the damage, but we must slow the effects.
Finding a solution for climate change is the most important issue facing humanity today
It’s in the article, “there is no credible explanation for modern-day global warming other than the burning of fossil fuels for energy.” The entire argument is built on assumption, not fact.
Am I seeing a Democratic House TAX on the Horizon coming? SneakyPete..... ??🤔?? 11*24*28.....
Regardless of whether you think Climate Change is real or not; the pollution that is said to cause climate change, is real. The pollution and toxins that are allowed to be dumped int water , air and earth are killing people, wildlife and environment and ecosystems and making all sick. Therefore, we need to address all pollution.
We were making a good start dealing with climate change or global warming or whatever you call people & industry’s effects on the planet. We must do more and do better. Regulations that create business standards and safety practices must be put in place. We must protect the environment. Our air and water quality must be pure. Our public lands must remain pristine wilderness with no fracking, drilling, mining, leasing, and hunting except to stop overpopulation. Our wild horses must not be rounded up and sold to slaughter houses; reserve grazing lands for wildlife not private leases. Our offshore waters must be banned from oil rigs; instead wind, solar, & wave rigs. Prevention is the goal, not cleanups. Safe workplaces are required to protect workers from chemical exposure. Require industry to invest in safe, clean operations. It’s the right thing to do.
The Trump administration released a major new climate science report on Black Friday, that way no one would notice. By the way he does not believe scientists, doctors, lawyers, engineers, etc, anyway!
Meteorologists can’t accurately predict what the weather is going to be like next week much less what they can predict what the weather is going to be like 20 years from now.
We need to put the brakes on this train anyway we can. And the time to prepare for what looks inevitable is now...