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• Erica Sanchez and Sophie Maes report that the Trump administration expects 7 degrees of warming by 2100, and has no intention of taking action to prevent it.
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At the current rate the planet is being polluted, global temperatures could rise 7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100, according to an environmental impact statement published last month, the Washington Post reports.
The document was written by the Trump administration and says that extreme warming would be disastrous for ocean ecosystems and coastal communities. Cities like New York and Miami would be partially underwater, the Washington Post reports. Meanwhile, heat waves would sweep the rest of the globe.
Although the report admits that climate change is human-caused, its authors had another goal in mind. Operating under the assumption that the planet's warming is inevitable was an effort to justify freezing federal fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks built after 2020, according to the Post.
"The amazing thing they're saying is human activities are going to lead to this rise of carbon dioxide that is disastrous for the environment and society. And then they're saying they're not going to do anything about it," Michael MacCracken, former senior scientist at the U.S. Global Change Research Program told the Washington Post.
Read the full article about global warming by Erica Sanchez and Sophie Maes at Global Citizen.