A climate report by 13 federal agencies warns of potential devastation. The White House shrugs.

The Trump administration just released its congressionally mandated Fourth National Climate Assessment, a comprehensive scientific report prepared by 13 federal agencies on how climate change could impact the country. Its message (which echoes the IPCC report from October) is unequivocal: Climate change is a clear and present danger to the American people, and it’s already here. The cause? The burning of fossil fuels, mostly. The result? Devastation across the United States—including more wildfires in the West, crop failures in the Midwest, disrupted supply chains, increased public health risks, water scarcity, and more. While that info isn’t exactly news, the report stands in striking contrast to the Trump administration’s rollback agenda and continued climate denialism. The assessment also debunked one of the administration’s favorite myths—that environmental protections are at odds with business. In fact, it estimates that unmitigated climate change will reduce America’s economy by as much as 10 percent by the end of the century—which President Trump later announced he simply doesn't believe. We were hoping that Trump's government would start taking its own advice, but that looks unlikely. 

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