By LISA BOWMAN Washington (Reuters) – The United States must be prepared to let its guard down on climate change, the White House said on Wednesday, after months of debate about how to respond to the threat posed by global warming.
President Donald Trump’s new National Climate Assessment said that the planet was on track to experience two degrees of warming and that human activities such as emissions of greenhouse gases were the main drivers.
It added that carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere had reached a record high and called on nations to use more renewable energy and reduce emissions.
The report came days after Trump announced a new budget proposal that included $300 billion for a “clean coal” power plant that would burn less coal and other fossil fuels.
Trump also called for an end to the U,S.
reliance on oil and coal, saying the industry was out of control.
“There is a real possibility that the U-turn on climate could lead to the undoing of some of the most successful environmental policies of the last generation,” White House spokesman Dan Pfeiffer said in a statement.
The U.N. climate chief said the United States and other nations were still committed to fighting global warming and could do so by making better use of renewable energy sources, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and using less energy.
“The U-Turn is a reality.
It is not a fantasy.
It’s a reality that we are going to have to deal with,” said Michel Jarraud, who is now at the European Commission.
“We must use the opportunity that the United Nations has now to make better decisions on the world stage.”
The United States is currently the only developed nation that has a full-time climate adviser, a position it took in 2018.
In 2020, the U