‘Climate change will not be on the agenda’ of next G-7, White House says . While scientists continue to warn that climate change poses an existential threat to the planet .
President Trump won’t be talking about it at next year’s G-7 summit at one of his Florida golf resorts. “Climate change will not be on the agenda,” acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters gathered in the White House briefing room Thursday, without elaborating.
With its low elevations and porous limestone bedrock, South Florida is particularly vulnerable to sea level rise. Despite warnings from the scientific community, developers including Trump have continued to invest in property that could be underwater before long.
“Just using the U.S. government projections, we could be at 11 to over 13 feet [of sea level rise] by the end of century,” Harold Wanless , director of the University of Miami’s geological sciences department and a leading expert on sea level rise, told Yahoo News. “There’s only 3 percent of Miami-Dade County that’s greater than 12 feet above sea level.”
Trump has labeled climate change a “hoax” concocted by the Chinese government in an attempt to ruin the U.S. economy, but not all members of the Republican Party agree. For the first time in a decade, Florida’s state Senate held a meeting this week to discuss the impacts of climate change, the Miami Herald reported.
“There’s a younger generation of conservatives in this state that aren’t as much in denial,” Republican Sen. Tom Lee, who chairs the Committee on Infrastructure and Security, told the Herald.
While Trump continues to deny the threat that climate change poses to his own properties and the world at large, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco released a report Thursday on the financial risks that global warming poses.