President Trump says he doesn't believe a key conclusion of a U.S. government report on the economic costs of climate change. The National Climate Assessment Report was quietly unveiled last Friday. It warned that natural disasters are worsening in the U.S. because of global warming.
The report warned the agriculture industry would get hit particularly hard because of rising temperatures, extreme heat, drought, and heavy downpours. It said to expect challenges to livestock health, declines in crop yields and quality. The President said our country right now is the cleanest it's ever been and said if every other place on Earth is dirty, that's not good.
Economists say the warning of hundreds of billions of dollars a year in global warming costs is pretty much on the money. They cited Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma as evidence. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says those three 2017 storms caused at least $265,000,000 in damage. Read the full report here.
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