Scientists from 13 different federal agencies are behind a new report released today that flies directly in the face of the Trump administration.
The report, the Climate Science Special Report states that contrary to the opinion shared by Trump and his cabinet, human behavior is the biggest factor driving global warming, and that dire consequences for the US and the world are near at hand.
“Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans,” a draft of the report states.
Trump has not been shy when expressing his opinion when it comes to what is fueling climate change, once stating that he believed the term to be one made up by the Chinese in order to make American manufacturing less competitive.
Earlier this year, Trump also stated that he was pulling the US out of the Paris Agreement to cut global emissions.
Some of the more dire predictions listed in the report include: an average rise of 2.5 meters in sea level, more wildfires, more storms and an increase risk of drout.
Starting this week, the latest round of UN led climate talks have opened in Bonn, targeting the afore mentioned Paris climate agreement.
Rules dictate that the US can not leave the partnership until 2020, which is why they had to send a group of delegates to participate.
Almost 200 different countries will be represented at the conference over the next 2 weeks, many of them unhappy with the US stance of promoting fossil fuels as a “solution” to climate change.
“Fossil fuels having any role in tackling climate change is beyond absurd. It is dangerous,” said Andrew Norton, director of the International Institute for Environment and Development.
“These talks are no place for pushing the fossil fuel agenda. The US needs to come back to the table and help with the rapid cuts in emissions that the situation demands.”
“It is undeniable that fossil fuels will be used for the foreseeable future, and it is in everyone’s interest that they be efficient and clean,” stated a White House spokesman.
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