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White House Admits Trump Climate Policies Will Cost Americans $500 Billion a Year
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=20808"><span class="small">Joe Romm, ThinkProgress</span></a>   
Sunday, 25 November 2018 09:31

Romm writes: "The 1,000-page climate report released by the White House Friday quantifies the staggering cost of President Trump's climate science denial."

A coal-fired power plant, near St. Mary's, Kansas. (photo: Charlie Riedel/AP)
A coal-fired power plant, near St. Mary's, Kansas. (photo: Charlie Riedel/AP)

White House Admits Trump Climate Policies Will Cost Americans $500 Billion a Year

By Joe Romm, ThinkProgress

25 November 18

Trump team approves -- but tries to bury -- report finding inaction on climate will devastate the country.

he 1,000-page climate report released by the White House Friday quantifies the staggering cost of President Trump’s climate science denial.

The congressionally-mandated National Climate Assessment (NCA) by hundreds of the country’s top scientists warns that a do-nothing climate policy will end up costing Americans more than a half-trillion dollars per year in increased sickness and death, coastal property damages, loss of worker productivity, and other damages.

Building on a 600-page analysis of climate science from 2017, the NCA details just how dangerous Trump administration’s policy of climate inaction is to Americans.

The White House oversaw the report’s review and clearance process — and tried to bury the findings by releasing it at 2 p.m. on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

But the reality of climate change cannot be buried. Indeed the report concludes 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.”

The NCA projects a devastated America on our current path of unrestricted carbon pollution—widespread Dust-Bowlification and 7°F to 8°F warming over the entire inland portion of the country, even as coastal America is slammed by sea levels rising a foot per decade, resulting in ever-worsening storm surges.

The report concludes that if governments meet their Paris targets, and then go beyond them, overall damage can be limited (the RCP4.5 scenario, in which temperatures rise some 4°F by century’s end). But the NCA makes clear that with policies that undercut the Paris targets — such as Trump’s pledge to withdraw from Paris and boost domestic carbon pollution from fossil fuels — catastrophic impacts would be inevitable (the RCP8.5 scenario, where temperatures rise by 7°F or more).

One final point: The report warns ominously, “It is very likely that some physical and ecological impacts will be irreversible for thousands of years, while others will be permanent.”

The choices we make today won’t just determine the degree of harm we do to our children and grandchildren, but to the next 50 generations and beyond. The immorality of Trump’s climate policies simply cannot be quantified.

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-2 # MikeAF48 2018-11-25 10:59
It's just a number, lets do it.
+8 # JCM 2018-11-25 11:40
Who you vote for matters.
-2 # BKnowswhitt 2018-11-25 21:29
Funded by billionaire climate change activist it's garbage and false science once again i don't care who backs it .. I won't support it .. it is Complete Nonsense and politically driven ..

Understand this is run by one segment of society who want this and it's proliferated by mainstream liberally run news ... as Bad News .. Scary News ... make money and that is all this does .. has no merit what so ever scientifically:

And here the science is trashed by those who know better:
0 # BKnowswhitt 2018-11-25 21:31
“Not a good look that sole review editor for this chapter is an alum of the Center for American Progress … which is funded by Tom Steyer. Even rudimentary attention to COI (conflict of interest) would avoided this,” he added.
+2 # futhark 2018-11-26 03:15
The Republican Party has long characterized itself as being the party of frugality (balanced budgets, low government spending) and personally responsibility. Now it appears to have given itself over in a Faustian bargain to say the hell with balanced budgets, give the Pentagon all it wants and more, and look for leadership in a person who consorts with porn stars and can't see beyond the personal advantages for himself and his cronies in forming government policy. There will be nothing frugal or responsible as we all pay the price for these pig-headed decisions.
+2 # treerapper 2018-11-26 04:18
Anyone who is so cavalier about Climate Change and how it will impact every last thing in our lives, the lives of our children and generations to come should be required to be dosed with the output of their negligence and disdain. The creature flies to Florida every weekend, costing taxpayers millions and millions of dollars but also consuming unnecessary salons of jet fuel as he flies on his private plane. The exhaust from those flights should not be released into the atmosphere but should be channelled back into the plane which should not be a problem for the Trumpets as there is no such thing as Climate Change and greenhouse gas emissions are not toxic.

Lets see how well he fares after repeated exposure to the very things he is exacerbating all over the country and what that is doing to every living thing on our planet.
-1 # BKnowswhitt 2018-11-26 23:44
Complete garbage you don't have a clue what you are talking about. It is completely contrived .. weather is completely explainable and predictable .. this scaremongering you help proliferate is based upon stuff you've been fed .. and because you are a neophite on the subject you automatically buy in .. france just passed a carbon tax .. they are completely nuclear plant run .. is that what you want? You have no fucking idea what so ever what you are talking about .. you can't understand climate changing without the tenets of the science of what makes it work or change .. and so as a neophyte you are ripe for the 'pickin' by these fools ..