New Federal Climate Change Report Contradicts Trump Administration: It’s Real And Humans Are Causing It

The Washington Post reports:

The Trump administration released a dire scientific report Friday detailing the growing threats of climate change. The report stands in stark contrast to the administration’s efforts to downplay humans’ role in global warming, withdraw from an international climate accord and reverse Obama-era policies aimed at curbing U.S. greenhouse-gas output.

The White House did not seek to prevent the release of the government’s National Climate Assessment, which is mandated by law, despite the fact that its findings sharply contradict the administration’s policies. The report affirms that climate change is driven almost entirely by human action, warns of potential sea-level rise as high as eight feet by the year 2100, and enumerates climate-related damage across the United States that is already occurring as a result of 1.8 degrees Fahrenheit of global warming since 1900.

“It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century,” the document reports. “For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence.”

More from Politico:

“Fundamentally, it’s reaffirmed that climate change is real, that humans are the dominant cause of warming, and that it is having an effect in the U.S. And those effects will grow more severe as long as we continue to emit carbon dioxide into the atmosphere,” said Bob Kopp, a climate scientist at Rutgers University and a contributor to the multi-agency report.

Sea levels are expected to rise from 1 foot to 4 feet by the end of the century and could swell by up to 8 feet if emissions of greenhouse gases continue to rise, according to the final Climate Science Special Report, the first volume of the congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment.

Episodes of heavy rainfall are becoming more frequent and intense, and heat waves will become more common. Kopp said the report also shows the U.S. can expect more compounded extreme weather events, like the multiple hurricanes and wildfires that occurred this summer.

  • Bambino

    Nah its not real until these morons choke on the smog in their last breath.

  • bkmn

    I’ll take “Scientists Soon To Be Out Of Work” for $600 Alex.

  • FAKE … ummm…

  • Leo

    The White House LET this be released? What’s the catch?

    • Lizard

      Dumpy is out of the country.

      • kareemachan

        Yup, someone took the opportunity to do what they are supposed to.

      • RoFaWh

        Classic situation leading to a coup!

    • Jim Maloney

      They want to see Sarah dance again on stage.

      • Snarkaholic

        Instead of the Scarf Dance…the BARF Dance!

    • Tawreos

      If they had tried to stop it it would have called more attention to it and made it look like they were trying to prevent the truth from coming out. This way they can say they had to release it but that scientists still lie because they are paid to or some such nonsense.

  • HZ81

    Luckily, Republican Jesus will handle it.

  • PickyPecker
    • Tawreos

      Science, maybe but I am not buying social issues

      • ChrisMorley

        ‘social issues’ includes a lot that’s good
        – anti-poverty work
        – healthcare for all
        – care for refugees and migrants
        – end to capital punishment.

        It’s not all subjugation of women, abortion bans and homophobia.

        • TuuxKabin

          Thanks, searz, for the reminder.

  • Leo
    • ByronK

      Well, now it’s starting to feel like a real Friday.

      • Lizard

        And it’s only 3:30 Eastern Standard…

    • Tulle Christensen

      Well I am shocked I tell you shocked that our good friend Putin did that /s

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Of course they did.
      They invented agitprop!!

    • Ninja0980

      And yet the media reported on all of them anyway.

    • Treant

      No! NO! FAKE NEWS! FAKE NEWS!

      Every word Podesta “wrote” is unassailable!

    • Uncle Mark

      So I’ve been using a fake Podesta recipe for creamy risotto all this time ?!!

      • Miji

        The one with beets and cabbage in it? Yeah, that’s fake.

        • RoFaWh

          Sounds like someone mixed up a recipe for borscht with one for risotto.

  • PickyPecker
    • AW

      OMG this is the best! It’s so true!

  • Rex

    But coal’s coming back, baby!

    • Snarkaholic

      And yummy, dolphin-flavored “tuna” as well!

  • another_steve

    We Americans are living through a period of illogic. We shouldn’t try to dissect or understand it.

    At this point in my life expectancy, I’m interested only in seeing dirty pictures.

    • Tawreos

      We’ll see if we can get some photos of Jared into photoshop for you until you can take your own.

      • another_steve

        You’re all jealous of the fact that Jared’s Jew-flat abs will one day be all mine, and not yours.

        • Karl Dubhe

          /me singing; I don’t want him you can have him
          He’s too whiney for me. Far too whiney for me.

          https://youtu.be/2a31vY8YNTg

          • another_steve

            Karl, I don’t know about you, but tomorrow is not guaranteed to me.

            I don’t have the luxury of being too fussy.

        • Tulle Christensen

          Steve I think I can speak for everyone here and tell you we are happy to allow you to keep Jared in your basement for as long as you like

          • another_steve

            And I will capitalize on it.

            You bitches will eagerly pay me my $75 asking fee for admission to my basement sessions – during which I’ll lick Jared’s nipples and you will all pay me the extra $15 for the long-feathers that you’ll use to tickle him.

            You think I haven’t thought this all out?

            Wrong.

        • RoFaWh

          But what about those perky little nipples you so badly want to lick, Stevie dear?

          • another_steve

            You disrespect Jew nipples.

            Anti-semites, you.

    • Snarkaholic

      Jared’s nearly naked…go on, Steve, finish the job(!):https://peopledotcom.files.wordpress.com/2016/08/ivanka-trump-600-5.jpg?w=600

  • Tawreos

    They should have titled it “The Trump Administrations Climate Assessment”. If they had we would have finally found something he wouldn’t want his name all over.

  • PickyPecker
  • PickyPecker
    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      Scientists? No, … they’re willfully ignorant morons!

    • RobynWatts

      They are also not women’s health care physicians, but feel obligated to restrict a woman’s right to choose.

  • Boreal
  • Leo
  • fuzzybits

    We’ll see him twitting soon saying he doesn’t believe a word of it.

    • Tulle Christensen

      “Fake Report”

    • Uncle Mark

      Well, he is going to Jina, where all this “climate change noise” has apparently been created. He can ask them, first hand…and they can laugh in his face

  • PickyPecker

    I heard this report on NPR yesterday evening. 700 US Scientists involved in the preparation of this report.

    • Taylor Bixler

      Scott Pruitt is working furiously to rectify that….

      • Lars Littlefield

        Scott Pruitt is pushing to open The Grand Canyon for open pitch blend mining. My part of the world is riddled with abandoned pitch blend mines. They are still full of the shit. No reason to dig up The Grand Canyon when there are plenty of perfectly good pitch blend mines languishing here in San Juan County. But Pruitt see’s it as his god-given right to rape and pillage the red rock country.

  • canoebum

    The Potomac will have to flood the Jefferson Memorial, the National Mall and be lapping at the steps of the Capital before these GOP assholes will do anything. Even then, the first thing they’ll do is buy some fancy boats to ferry them from the Capital to their offices. “Look, we’ve created new jobs! Congressional Gondoliers.”

    • Paula

      They will wait until the U.S. Navy has submarine bases in Colorado.

    • Opinion Sousaphones

      Whom they will sexually abuse.

      • canoebum

        Well, with those cute hats and kerchiefs, who could resist?

  • JWC

    TRump Inc wants to rape pillage and denude t his country.Lay it to waste in their wake

    • Snarkaholic

      …and then make a fortune selling tanks of “breathable air.”
      Bonus: All of “those people” who won’t be able to afford it will die quickly!

      • JWC

        I believe those people are what are referred to as acceptable losses

  • Treant

    Expect several brave scientists to lose their government jobs when (and if) Dumpy ever comes back to the US.

  • Boreal
    • PickyPecker

      Illustrated, hopefully.

      • Treant

        You know it. You gotta see that tree’s wood.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          Looks hard AF !

    • Treant

      Sometimes it’s good to be a right winger.

    • Uncle Mark

      Oooo…climate change. Sounds hot & very wet.

      • Boreal

        Moist, extreme and unpredictable.

      • Snarkaholic

        Mercury GUSHED out of the thermometer’s tip, as it plunged deeply into…

        • Uncle Mark

          In the midst of their love-making, Mercury felt wave after wave of hot, wet pleasure wash over him, as he drowned in pure ecstasy…that was before he realized that he was actually feeling wave after wave of the tides roll in and yes, he was drowning

    • Opinion Sousaphones

      Ah, an Amazon Prime subscription, which lets you read lots of “free” kindle books with titles and cover art just like this.

  • Ninja0980

    In the next ten days, we will have three days in the 60’s in an area where it was NOT a shocker to see some snow fall by this time of year.
    That is on top of our record warm October and September.
    Anyone who denies climate change at this point is a fool, period.

    • fuzzybits

      Same here.

    • Tulle Christensen

      My neighbors who live right next to the creek, now get an inch of water in their driveway at high tide during the full and new moons, that did not happen three years ago

      • TuuxKabin

        Massive beaver moon tonight.

        • TheManicMechanic

          I saw, and I’m still chortling at the phrase “massive beaver.”

          • TuuxKabin

            Thank you. Me too. Every time the SF Chronicle delivery truck would roar by, we’d all turn to see the graffiti on the back doors, said “BEAVER PATROL.”

    • Boreal

      Usually we have a fire most nights in October, only once this year and the furnace has only come on a few times in the am when it is cool.

      • Mark McGovern

        In Canada here. Big pot of impatiens still blooming on deck.

        • Steve Smith

          I’m still harvesting bell peppers. In November. In the Alps.

          • TuuxKabin

            Lard!!!

          • Mark McGovern

            Seriously you’re in the Alps? Where at? I did the Matterhorn thing when I was a kid.

          • Steve Smith

            I’m on the very southernmost part, Swiss-Italian border overlooking Lake Maggiore. Not the high mountains yet, not like the Matterhorn, but with abrisk walk up the mountain behind the house you are at 5500 feet and can see all the main ranges from Gran Paradiso right round to the Pizzo Bernina by St. Moritz. I love the mountains!

        • Boreal

          Fuchsias still going here and zinnias and amaranthus. A few hours south of Montreal.

          • Mark McGovern

            We are on east coast. Go to Montreal often? We go 2 or 3 times a year.

          • Boreal

            On occasion, haven’t been in the last few years.

    • Snarkaholic

      It was nearly eighty(!) here in A.C. today.

      • kareemachan

        It snowed 3″ here in PNW where I live….

        • Man_in_the_mists

          WAY earlier than when it usually snows.

      • JWC

        freak snow here

  • Sam_Handwich

    i’m pretty sure Boston tied or broke the record high today

    • Treant

      We did. Yesterday and today. Official high: 74. Sixteen degrees above normal.

      People will complain of the “cold” tomorrow when it’s only 5 degrees above normal.

  • fuzzybits
  • Tempus Fuggit

    “It is extremely likely that human influence has been the dominant cause
    of the observed warming since the mid-20th century,” the document
    reports. “For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing
    alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational
    evidence.”

    Gee. H’mm. I donno…that’s only, what, like the eleventy-ninth time this conclusion has been reached by scientists around the world, including at Exxon in the early 1980s. Seems kind of inconclusive; sounds like further study is needed.

  • William

    When the shitgibbon’s away, the mice will play.

  • Karl Dubhe

    It’s snowing here, the climate hasn’t changed at all.

    Except that the snow’s late, the humidity is way the fuck higher, the nights don’t seem to get as cold anymore, and I’m not seeing as many bugs or birds as I used to see…

    • Treant

      “Weather isn’t climate.” — Republicans when it’s warm where you are.

      “See? It’s snowing. There’s no climate change!” — Republicans when it’s cold where they are.

    • fuzzybits

      We hardly saw any butterflies this year and no ladybugs.

      • Treant

        On the up side, I was inundated with monarchs and swallowtails! It’s the first year that’s happened in quite some time!

        Migratory routes look to be shifting, and the monarchs are still bouncing back from last year’s disaster of a low.

        • fuzzybits

          Must be the route shift because we usually see a lot of them. We do see the cabbage butterflies.

    • Tulle Christensen

      Just wait, since the poles are warmer and warmer air moves easier, the polar air masses will move in later in the winter, of course warmer in this case is still bitter cold, so there is a good chance will not only break record highs you could also have record lows

      edited: That is way they say more extreme weather is gonna happen and not just warmer

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      EXACTLY, It’s November and we’re still in the high teens (celsius) when it should already be, if not zero, close to it.

      • Canadian Observer

        Minus 13 right now in southern Alberta.
        http://i63.tinypic.com/169gl7n.jpg
        … and I have to go out and shovel my sidewalk.

        • AmeriCanadian

          In the Sun Parlour region, it’s been in the 50’s touching 60 (10 to 15 Celsius) for the past few days. That’s not normal for the beginning of November.

        • TuuxKabin

          Put on those ice cleats so you don’t slip.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          Yeah, but it ain’t a dry cold anymore.

        • Miji

          High hit 74 in NYC today and I was looking like that bear after running between meetings, stupidly dressed for November.

      • Karl Dubhe

        I’m in Alberta, the temp’s well below zero right now. 🙂

        Windchill’s taking the temp down to 20 below. But the humidity makes the cold far worse than it used to be. I remember the winters here of 30 years ago, those cold days were dry. It’s much easier to take a dry cold than a wet one.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          I hear you. My friend Brian lives in Edmonton and he says exactly that. It used to be it was cold, but very dry. Now the cold goes right through you because of the damp.

          • Karl Dubhe

            I used to think that Alberta’s winters were the worst in the world, then I spent one winter in Halifax, NS. Motherfucker…

    • Rolf

      Where I live, we used to have frost on the full moon of September (second or third week), now we get it in late October. It used to go to -35 for over a week in mid-January, now it’s rarely -25 and only for a day or two. I used to get huge flocks of Evening Grossbeaks throughout the winter, now I’m lucky if I see a couple, all the swallows have disappeared, hardly any butterflies or bees, frogs or snakes. It’s a different world, and not a better one.
      I dread the future and the future of the next generations.

      • Karl Dubhe

        I miss winters…

        Which isn’t something I really thought I’d ever say. The temps here used to drop to 40 below, and stayed there for a week or three… Winters used to be an endurance test, now it’s just a season.

    • kareemachan

      The number of frogs and other amphibians has plummeted where I live – and they’re considered indicator species for environmental change.

      Less bumblebees, too. 🙁

      • TuuxKabin

        Odd. Just this week noticing daily bees on our 11×14 deck on Upper West Side, NYC. First time in the 20 years we’ve had it planned.

      • ZRAinSWVA

        And I didn’t see a single Monarch butterfly this summer. Not one…

    • Tatonka

      85 degrees in Houston Texas today, which is not so unusual until you remember that it’s November.

    • shivadog

      Here the weather is just wonky. Early fall snows that snap branches on trees, and late springs snows that do the same. Weird warm spells that trick trees into leafing out in the winter, and then it returns to cold and kills them. A few years ago it went from about 60 to -20 in a day and killed a third of the trees in town (according to the official report, seems like an exaggeration to me, but it was still pretty devastating) There are birds and bugs around that never used to be here and poison ivy taking over places.

      • TuuxKabin

        Last year there was no peach crop in our area at the farmers’ markets, served by upstate farms. Some called it the St. Valentine’s Day massacre. Warm temperatures in January caused early budding, killer frost morning of Feb. 14 killed the crop off.

    • RoFaWh

      Here in Victoria, BC, we had snow last night. Not a lot but enough that it’s still on the ground in shaded areas.

      We used to not get snow before the New Year.

      Edit: However, the air temperature is around 40F where it has traditionally hovered all winter long.

  • Gigi

    The climate change denying politicians are elected public officials who, instead of serving their constituents, serve their fossil fuel overlords. They’d sell their firstborn child if it meant more money and power for them. They’re despicable and should be charged and jailed.

    • Tempus Fuggit

      They’ve already sold off all their children, effectively. Everyone else’s, too.

    • Steverino

      They no longer represent the people, they represent the paid lobbyists of the oligarchs and plutocrats.

  • Lazycrockett

    There is a slight chance of tornado’s here Sunday night, its November.

    • Treant

      “Tornadoes happen all year long.” — Inhofe

    • Lars Littlefield

      Will there be sharks? It isn’t an important tornado unless it includes sharks.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Silly, silly, silly. The dire scientific report does not matter. What matters is that Trump in Prezinent. That’s what matters. So the report doesn’t matter. None of any of us matter. Only what the prezinenet says matters. Silly, silly, silly.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Tulle Christensen

      If you go by their actions and not their words. they are for being in power and cutting taxes for the rich and do not care what happens otherwise

  • blackstar
  • Canadian Observer

    “The report affirms that climate change is driven almost entirely by
    human action, warns of potential sea-level rise as high as eight feet by
    the year 2100”

    Is this a good time to observe that the average elevation for the entire state of Florida is 6 feet above sea level?

    • boatboy_srq

      Don’t tell Lord Dampnut: he still thinks Tsar-a-Lago is forever.

      • djcoastermark

        He doesn’t care, he’ll be long dead by then.

        • RoFaWh

          I am wondering what Trump will do at a Chinese state dinner where the menu includes the real delicacies of Chinese cuisine like sea cucumber and chicken feet.

          “Where’s my steak! Where’s my ketcup?”

          “Velly solly noble occidental asshole, but we don’t eat those in Jyna.”

          • djcoastermark

            Love it. Just to see the look on his face would be priceless as the food was presented to him.

          • Steverino

            Maybe in Japan he will pull a George H.W. Bush routine and projectile-vomit all over his dinner host.

        • Steverino

          Just like the fucking Koch brothers, who bankroll all this climate change denial bullshit, just as they bankrolled crackpot “research” pooh-pooing the dangers of cigarette smoking (employing Mike Pence as their shill).

    • Miji

      Yes. Dems should push that fact hard in Florida. Anyone that owns Florida real estate and continues to vote Republican is an idiot.
      Of course they’re probably banking on the fact that they’ll be dead or get baled out and the rest of the country will end up paying for the mess.

      • We now have a new meaning for “pay it forward”.

  • Taylor Bixler
    • RoFaWh

      The real importance of that cartoon is that it explicitly expresses anti-religious sentiment.

      About time, though I’m pretty sure I’ve seen others with that feature.

  • greenmanTN

    I had an argument with a climate change denying (ex) friend several years ago. I don’t know if the analogy I used is apt or valid, (you tell me), but here it is:

    Let’s say that you have a cup of deadly poison, cyanide, arsenic, something like that. It represents the toxic residue left over from growing your food, shipping it, making the bottles, jars, cans, and packaging it took to contain them, heating and cooling your house, manufacturing your clothes, driving your car, etc. JUST for this year. Obviously it would be more than a cup, but let’s just go with that.

    You don’t want that poison in your house so you dump it in the ocean where it will be diluted. But the problem is there are seven BILLION people on the planet and they all have their cup of poison and they throw it in the ocean too. You don’t think that’s going to have an effect?

    Well instead of going directly into the ocean we’re instead pumping it into the air, where it creates layers, traps heat, and the globe itself IS getting warmer. That’s just a fact. There are seven BILLION people on this planet and our continued existence requires toxic processes, but you don’t think that has ANY effect on the environment?! I know you aren’t stupid so that leaves either you having your head in the sand for political reason or you’re just full of shit.

    And now you know why we are no longer friends…

    • AmeriCanadian

      Some just can’t handle the truth. I’ve lost a friend or two as well but on different subjects.

    • djcoastermark

      Your analogy is spot on. The best way to describe it to the politically and environmentally inept.

    • Robincho

      SOMEBODY hadda say it. Thanks for making that somebody be you. Sorry not sorry about the loss of your (ex) friend …

    • Steverino

      What kills me are the Christers who say: “Don’t worry, God’s got this.”

      It makes me want to barge into their house, go up to their bedroom and hang a big dump in their bed, and on my way out of their house, just smile and say: “Don’t worry, God’s got this.”

    • McSwagg

      Your cup of poison dumped into the air/ocean is more apt than you know. There was a time when the response of industry to pollution was the mantra “The solution to pollution is dilution.” That’s why we’re in the situation we’re in today.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Steverino

      That’s like having “one side” say 3+2=5, and the “other side” say 3+2=4, and this drip then says she “believes” in “both sides of the arithmetic.”

  • boatboy_srq

    I csn’t help but wonder how many just think it isn’t happening, and how many are wanting it to happen because they bought property in Colorado and want to make it oceanfront.

    • Talisman

      So it’s Obama’s fault!

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • ColdCountry

      That hurts my heart.

  • ColdCountry

    Fake News! Fake Science! Fake Scientists! Fake Report!

  • Talisman

    But it’s a hoax by China!

  • TuuxKabin

    You’re kiddin’ me.

  • ChrisMorley

    Miami and Mar a Lago are going to drown.
    ‘Locals consider this the “new normal” in the biggest city of Florida’s largest metropolitan area, which would simply cease to exist with a 3C temperature rise. Even at 2C, forecasts show almost the entire bottom third of Florida – the area south of Lake Okeechobee currently home to more than 7 million people – submerged, with grim projections for the rest of the state in a little more than half a century. In Miami-Dade county alone, almost $15bn of coastal property is at risk of flooding in just the next 15 years.’

    The three-degree world: the cities that will be drowned by global warming
    https://www.theguardian.com/cities/ng-interactive/2017/nov/03/three-degree-world-cities-drowned-global-warming

  • Paula

    I think a team of scientist will be looking for new jobs come Monday.

  • Pip

    You used to have to plan your Halloween costume around the snow here. It’s always been a running joke. The past two Halloweens have been warm enough that we had to open up the house to cool it off. Flies and other pest insects are living longer throughout the year, and it’s not getting cold enough to kill some off in the winters any more. So we’re being overrun with them. Meanwhile bees are disappearing and the sounds of frogs is almost a memory. It’s been in the mid to upper 60s all week, and it’s supposed to be 70 tomorrow… in November.

    Though I will be taking advantage of the amazing weather to go to Red Rocks or into the mountains since they’re still accessible, it just doesn’t feel like Colorado without the cooler weather this time of year.

  • fahvel

    the only bummer about this coming catastrophe is that I’ll miss it – surfing in Montenegro, bronzage in the alps – sounds great!!!