Seen in that light, and coming on the heels of the IPCC's alarming special report on global warming of 1.5 degrees and the devastating wildfires ravaging western states, the unexpected release of the climate assessment before COP 24 could start to look a bit like the government trolling itself.
"But asked about the study's conclusion that climate change would devastate the U.S. and world economy if left unchecked, he declared: "I don't believe it."'I don't believe it" as he left the White House for campaign stops in Mississippi. The report notes the last few years have smashed USA records for damaging weather, costing almost $400 billion since 2015.
The report is the second volume of the Fourth National Climate Assessment. One potential benefit is that the details of the report can now be fully digested and cited by worldwide delegates to the upcoming United Nations COP 24 conference on climate change in Katowice, Poland, which begins on December 3.
"We challenge the administration to finally begin using this information to rebuild and strengthen the communities in the direct path of the atrocities wrought by the fossil fuel industry and decades of poor policies that have neglected our concerns".
The report forecasts that the USA could lose hundreds of billions of dollars by the end of the century due to this changing climate.
On Friday afternoon, as Americans were nursing their turkey hangovers braving the malls for deals, the White House released a dire new report on the impacts of climate change-a move that was quickly eviscerated by politicians and the media as a cynical attempt to bury its findings.
"This report underscores what we are already seeing first-hand: climate change is real, it's happening here, and it's happening now", Abigail Dillen of Earthjustice said.
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The National Climate Assessment was written long before the California fires and the hurricanes.
Climate change is already taking a toll on US agriculture, health, tourism, fisheries, energy, transportation, infrastructure, businesses and more.
The report was long scheduled for release in December, according to CBS News but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced on Wednesday that it would be released on Black Friday, widely regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.
A major scientific report issued by 13 federal agencies on Friday, November 23, "presents the starkest warnings to date of the consequences of climate change for the United States, predicting that if significant steps are not taken to rein in global warming, the damage will knock as much as 10 percent off the size of the American economy by century's end", write Coral Davenport and Kendra Pierre Lewis in the New York Times.
"If we're going to run this country like a business, it's time to address climate as the threat multiplier we know it is before more lives are lost", said Robert Bullard, an environmental scientist at Texas Southern University.
Friday's report seemed to anticipate such comments, saying: "Over shorter timescales and smaller geographic regions, the influence of natural variability can be larger than the influence of human activity".
Others say climate change has become just another bargaining chip in America's partisan politics.