"When we have the flu, you have a fever - that's one symptom of the flu".
Former GOP Rep. Tom Delay, whose Houston area was battered by Hurricane Harvey past year, called the National Climate Assessment "nothing more than ... an alarmist political document (written) by scientists that get paid to further the politics of global warming".
Trump's disdain for the idea of climate change is also born of his broader suspicions of the United States being taken advantage of by other countries.
Nearly two-thirds (64%) of voters said the United States needs to be doing more to address climate change, according to a poll by Quinnipiac University in August, up from 57% who said the same in December 2015.
Bunch does not mention in his wildfire remarks that President Donald Trump and his administration want to make forest management part of the solution to preventing wildfires, including removing dead trees and other fire fuel sources.
Whitehouse goes on to point out how after Lee's statement, anchor Chuck Todd goes on to interview Tom Steyer without once bringing up climate change again for the rest of the program.More news: Melania Trump promotes campaign with White House Christmas decorations
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The president's reaction has made it tougher for already-reluctant Republicans to embrace a dramatic response to global warming.
White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters said the new report was "largely based on the most extreme scenario, which contradicts long-established trends by assuming that.there would be limited technology and innovation, and a rapidly expanding population". "It doesn't put it far off in the distance, it doesn't talk about polar bears, and that's what we need more of with these types of reports - not just all the graphs and jargon".
'Over shorter timescales and smaller geographic regions, the influence of natural variability can be larger than the influence of human activity, ' the report says.
The Trump administration has eased enforcement of several environmental rules enacted during the presidency of Barack Obama.
But economists said the National Climate Assessment's warning of hundreds of billions of dollars a year in global warming costs is pretty much on the money. If we're clean and every other place on Earth is dirty, that's not so good. Trump has repeatedly dismissed the unanimous conclusion of the country's intelligence community that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help him and hurt Hillary Clinton. The report's release surprised even its authors and came shortly after Trump inaccurately tweeted that cold weather on a single day disproves the theory of climate change.
Trump said the USA is "at the cleanest we've ever been", and that it is other countries that are dirty.
There is still time for us to limit global temperature increases and avoid the worst consequences of climate change, according to the National Climate Assessment. This latest report - you know, the one that the Trump administration sought to bury because its conclusions are at odds with the President's personal beliefs - suggests they may not be reversible at all.