The Washington Post: Trump administration sees a 7-degree rise in global temperatures by 2100

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The Washington Post: Trump administration sees a 7-degree rise in global temperatures by 2100

The science is clear: Climate change is real, man-made, and happening now.

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The Washington Post: Trump administration sees a 7-degree rise in global temperatures by 2100

Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis and Chris Mooney – September 28, 2018

Key points:

  • Last month, deep in a 500-page environmental impact statement, the Trump administration made a startling assumption: On its current course, the planet will warm a disastrous 7 degrees by the end of this century.
  • But the administration did not offer this dire forecast as part of an argument to combat climate change. Just the opposite: The analysis assumes the planet’s fate is already sealed.
  • The world would have to make deep cuts in carbon emissions to avoid this drastic warming, the analysis states.
  • Trump has vowed to exit the Paris accord and called climate change a hoax.
  • In the past two months, the White House has pushed to dismantle nearly half a dozen major rules aimed at reducing greenhouse gases, deregulatory moves intended to save companies hundreds of millions of dollars.
  • If enacted, the administration’s proposals would give new life to aging coal plants; allow oil and gas operations to release more methane into the atmosphere; and prevent new curbs on greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air-conditioning units.
  • Their proposed vehicle rule alone would put 8 billion additional tons of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere this century, more than a year’s worth of total U.S. emissions, according to the government’s own analysis.
  • This debate comes after a troubling summer of devastating wildfires, record-breaking heat and a catastrophic hurricane—each of which, federal scientists say, signals a warming world.

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