"I dont believe it". With these four words, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, tomb 1,656 pages of a report that details the devastating effects of climate change in the economy, health and the environment. Little or nothing does it matter to the president that the study be supported by 300 scientists from 13 different federal agencies and be made by law. The White House does not believe in the White House. Never before has it been so obvious that there is a difference between the White House and the president. Douglas Brinkley, presidential historian at Rice University, says in the newspaper The New York Times that the White House has "lawyers and experts who are not willing to go down in history for falsifying data".
The report is brutal and has not been softened in the slightest despite the fact that the current tenant of the White House is a denial of climate change. Without going any further, last week, Trump tweeted with irony the following regarding the avalanche of cold that hovered on the East coast of the country: "Was not there global warming?" Today has been much more explicit about the content of the report in terms of the catastrophic effects it announces on the economy: "I do not believe it."
Some presidential adviser with enough political vision to know that history takes its toll – and with Lyndon B. Johnson on the hard drive of his memory – would remember the price paid when citizens are lying. Johnson was lying to the people about the Vietnam War when he said everything was fine. until the Pentagon papers they proved otherwise.
In this case, no journalistic investigation has been necessary. There are more than 1,600 pages under the title of National Assessment on Climate, the most complete scientific study that exists to date in which the effects that climate change will have on infrastructures, the economy, are detailed with almost millimeter precision. public health and the coasts of the country. Extreme temperatures "have already become more frequent and last longer," the report says. Since 2015, the United States has broken records due to the damaging effects of climate worth nearly 400,000 million dollars.
The White House published the report in the middle of a festive bridge to try to hide the lack of harmony between Trump and the signatories of the document paid by the Administration
In an almost puerile act, what the White House did to try to hide the lack of harmony between Trump and the signatories of the Administration's salary report was to publish the report last Friday at noon, being that Friday the day after the Action of Thank you, also already globally known and extended as Black Friday. Maybe that way they minimized the impact, nobody would be aware of the news. The report was scheduled to be released to the public in the month of December.
"Climate change is transforming where and how we live and presents a growing challenge for the public health and the quality of life, the economy and the natural systems that help us live, "the report reads. But there is more: "It is projected that the annual losses in some sectors of the economy will be counted by hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of this century, much more than the current GDP of most of the States of the Union." Due to the rise in sea level, coastal areas are especially vulnerable, due to storms and because the value of the property will be greatly devalued. Places like Alaska or Louisiana will be forced to move their population inland due to the risk of flooding.
There are two studies before this. One is from last year. The other dates from 2014 and is just as accurate in its scientific conclusions but not in the economic costs and tangible effects that are already evident throughout the country, whether in the form of hurricanes or devastating fires in California.
A 1990 law requires the federal government to make a climate report every four years. But until 2014 and the Administration of Barack Obama there were no regulations, so the political fight did not exist. At the end of 2015, Obama played a central role in the negotiation of the Paris Agreement, which establishes measures for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2016, Donald Trump comes to power campaigning against these regulations and announces that he would end Obama's "war on coal" and would withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Since then, the president has not only fought to end the restrictions that safeguard the environment, but as he has done now he denies the major, a written report under his Administration. He says he does not believe it.