US President Donald Trump has rejected his own government’s report warning of massive economic losses and human casualties if carbon emissions continue to feed climate change unchecked.
According to the last week report of the National Climate Assessment, climate change is already affecting the United States and could cost the country “hundreds of billions of dollars” annually by 2050 “without substantial and sustained global mitigation.”
Deadly wildfires, increasingly debilitating hurricanes and heat waves are among the destructive effects of climate change on the US, the report said.
“I don’t believe it,” Trump said at the White House on Monday, adding that the US would not take measures to reduce carbon emissions if other countries did not do that.
Trump, who has called climate change a Chinese “hoax,” said he had read “some” of the report and that it was “fine.” However, he rejected the central warning of the study.