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Climate change could cost United States 'hundreds of billions' a year, report warns

26 November 2018

The report was long scheduled for release in December, according to CBS News but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Wednesday that it would be released on Black Friday, widely regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. The president "may try to hide the truth, but his own scientists and experts have made it as stark and clear as possible", his statement said.

A dire new government report was released yesterday with some startling figures on the environmental and economic consequences of climate change.

Al Gore has lashed out at the Trump administration accusing the president of seeking to "bury" a government report on climate change by releasing it on Black Friday.

While Gore has become one of the most prominent advocates for reducing carbon emissions and fighting to reduce the effect of climate change, the former vice president has not been immune from claims that his work is not as altruistic as it appears. It was unclear why the date was changed.

Even a co-author of the study complained about the timing of the release.

A NOAA spokeswoman said the report was "out earlier than expected" and was released ahead of two major scientific meetings on climate change in the coming weeks. Report director David Reidmiller said questions about the timing were "relevant", but said what was in the report was more important.

"Earth's climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities", notes the federally-mandated report filed on behalf of 13 individual USA government agencies.

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He had tweeted about record cold temperatures over Thanksgiving, adding, 'Whatever happened to Global Warming?' It warns of more, stronger and longer disasters triggered at least in part by global warming.

Alaska and Louisiana are singled out with scientists predicating coastal flooding is likely to force some residents to relocate.

The next report - due out in four years - would look more closely at climate modeling and projections, the spokesperson said, which would "provide for a more transparent and data-driven process that includes fuller information on the range of potential scenarios and outcomes".

Last year, President Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the 2015 Paris Agreement, which had been signed by almost 200 nations to combat climate change.

Trump also yanked the United States out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord, signed by more than 190 nations to limit carbon emissions.

Friday's report seemed to anticipate such comments, saying: "Over shorter timescales and smaller geographic regions, the influence of natural variability can be larger than the influence of human activity".

Several haters argued that Trump talking about weather did amount to a discussion on climate, but the temperature on a single day, even when observed over time, can not be compared to global warming. "We're in an era of backlash against elites, so Gore, a guy who bought a 6,500-square-foot seafront home in California for $8.8 million, and who hangs around with other celebrities who talk big on climate but who live lavish lifestyles, is the ideal target at this point in time".

Climate change could cost United States 'hundreds of billions' a year, report warns

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