Trump Doesn't 'Believe' Dire Climate Change Report

'I’ve seen it, I’ve read some of it, and it’s fine'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 26, 2018 3:24 PM CST
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President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Mississippi for rallies. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – President Trump is rejecting a central conclusion of a dire report on the economic costs of climate change released Friday by his own administration, the AP reports. The National Climate Assessment, quietly unveiled Friday, warns that natural disasters are worsening in the United States because of global warming. It says warming-charged extremes "have already become more frequent, intense, widespread or of long duration." The report notes the last few years have smashed US records for damaging weather, costing nearly $400 billion since 2015. But as he left the White House Monday, Trump told reporters, "Yeah, I don't believe it." He added, per the Hill: "I’ve seen it, I’ve read some of it, and it’s fine." Trump, administration officials, and elected Republicans frequently say they can't tell how much of climate change is caused by humans and how much is natural. (Al Gore has a big problem with the timing of the climate change report.)

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