President Donald Trump dismissed U.S. government scientists’ predictions that climate change will impose devastating domestic economic costs.
“I don’t believe it,” Trump told reporters Nov. 26 on the White House lawn, when asked about the grim forecast in the government’s National Climate Assessment. “Right now, we’re the cleanest we’ve ever been.”
The analysis, compiled by government scientists and issued Nov. 23, warns that the U.S. could shoulder hundreds of billions of dollars in costs from unchecked climate change, as floodwaters swamp coastal communities, and droughts devastate crops.
All told, climate change could pare back a tenth of U.S. gross domestic...