U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday rejected projections that climate change will cause severe economic harm to the U.S. economy, findings outlined by a report his own government published last week.
It says warming-charged extremes "have already become more frequent, intense, widespread or of long duration".
This opinion is divided by party lines: 91% of Democrats said more should be done, and 67% of independents agreed.
Previous research, including from USA government scientists, has also concluded that climate change could have severe economic consequences, including damage to infrastructure, water supplies and agriculture. In the December 2015 Quinnipiac poll, 83% of Democrats thought the United States should be doing more, compared to 62% of independents and 26% of Republicans.
The Trump administration is downplaying the importance of the findings.
For Trump, fervently denying the existence of climate change is nothing new.
"With continued growth in emissions at historic rates, annual losses in some economic sectors are projected to reach hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century - more than the current gross domestic product (GDP) of many USA states", the report, the Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II, said.
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President Donald Trump at the White House on November 20.
Last night he dismissed the report, saying: "I don't believe it", and adding that he would not take measures to cut emissions unless other countries did.
Report co-author Katharine Hayhoe says it shows the unsafe weather that scientists said will happen in the United States is already happening. In the US, tree canopy increased by 15%.
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His administration, at the same time, is rolling back an array of government regulations meant to pare carbon dioxide emissions that result from burning fossil fuels and drive climate change. Across the globe, coastal communities could be inundated as a warming planet elevates sea levels.
"All the proposals I've seen so far that would address any of these issues would devastate the USA economy and have little or no benefit that is demonstrable from our standpoint", he said. In fact, Trump's 2016 presidential campaign pledge of reviving the country's coal industry is gaining momentum. Carol Werner, executive director of the policy nonprofit Environmental and Energy Study Institute, says in a statement. I believe there's change, and I believe it goes up and it goes down, and it goes up again'. We need bold action, not denials.
"People are going to die if we don't start addressing climate change ASAP".