Trump's dire climate report hands ammunition to Democrats – Politico

The U.S. climate report warns that the planet is due to undergo devastating changes in the coming years that will worsen storms like those seen this hurricane season. | AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

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Harm to communities and the economy is inevitable, the administration says in a report released in the middle of Black Friday. One Democrat vows: ‘The days of denial and inaction … are over.’

11/23/2018 02:27 PM EST

Updated 11/23/2018 05:22 PM EST


Federal scientists warned in a new report Friday that changes in the climate will disrupt the economies of every region in the country in the coming years, with costs threatening to reach hundreds of billions of dollars annually by the middle of this century.

The message, echoing decades of sobering conclusions from the world’s leading climate scientists, is at odds with President Donald Trump’s repeated scoffing at the idea of global warming. And the administration chose to release it on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day and one of the slowest news days of the year.

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But despite the timing, the report is bound to energize the new class of progressive Democrats set to take control of the House in January. Many of them, led by incoming Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, are already pushing for an expansive “Green New Deal” as one of the rallying cries the party would take into the 2020 campaign.

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Democrats wasted no time in pouncing on the report.


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