President Donald Trump expressed suspicion Tuesday about a United Nations report warning of dire consequences of unchecked climate change in the next two decades but said he will look at it.
“It was given to me. And I want to look at who drew it. You know, which group drew it. I can give you reports that are fabulous and I can give you reports that aren’t so good,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn. It was his first comment about the landmark study that evaluates consequences the world will face if global temperatures increase by 1.5 or 2 degrees Celsius — 2.7 or 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
Trump’s administration has largely ignored calls to take steps toward reducing harmful carbon emissions and Trump said last year he would withdraw the United States from the landmark Paris climate agreement. Instead, Trump has advocated for more coal energy and loosened regulations on vehicle emissions.
Planet has only until 2030 to stem catastrophic climate change, experts warn Still, the President said Tuesday he would read the report, which was unveiled over the weekend. “I will be looking at it, absolutely,” Trump said.
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