A new report released by the White House on Tuesday claims that climate change is having a major impact on Americans in every region of the country. The report, which is 841-pages in length, is being touted by the White House as the biggest examination to date on the impact of global climate change on the United States. The White House is standing by the report as evidence of the need for an agenda to defray the effects of climate change. Republicans in the House and Senate were quick to criticize the plan, referring to it as a political report that is meant to give power to the Democrats’ agenda.
The report places an emphasis on the impact higher temperatures and climate changes have had on the United States over the past 50 years. According to the report, “Americans are noticing changes all around them. Summers are longer and hotter, and extended periods of unusual heat last longer than any living American has ever experienced. Winters are generally shorter and warmer.”
The report did not explicitly state that recent disasters are the product of these changes, but it did say, “There is new and stronger evidence that many of these increases are related to human activities.” The report designates, specifically, that coastal regions have been more prone to flooding over the past few decades and that dryer regions have been more susceptible to heat waves and droughts. The report gives a dire warning for the future, stating that climate change effects “are expected to become increasingly disruptive across the nation throughout this century and beyond.”
Republicans were quick to attack the report, with some Western state senators releasing their own version of a climate change report. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that the policies advocated by the Obama Administration will come at the cost of the “middle class.” Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) cautioned against the report, saying that the report will only empower the administration to further push unneeded federal regulations and to push for a “one-size-fits-all approach.”
The Obama Administration is planning to make changes to the Clean Air Act in order to push forward on an agenda to decrease carbon gas house emissions. In a briefing on Tuesday about the report, White House Counselor John Podesta said the administration is ready to push its agenda on these issues, relying on executive action if Congressional support is not possible.
The report findings were taken from a number of measuring devices, including satellite and buoy data. The report was compiled by over 300 experts, 13 federal government agencies, and a 60-member committee, which was in charge of the production of the report.