WASHINGTON — Global warming is rapidly turning America the beautiful into America the stormy, sneezy and dangerous, according to a new federal scientific report. And those shining seas? Rising and costly, the report says.
Climate change’s assorted harms ‘‘are expected to become increasingly disruptive across the nation throughout this century and beyond,’’ the National Climate Assessment concluded Tuesday. The report emphasizes that warming and all-too-wild weather are changing daily lives, using the phrase ‘‘climate disruption’’ as another way of saying global warming.
Still, it’s not too late to prevent the worst of climate change, says the 840-page report, which the White House is highlighting as it tries to jump-start often-stalled efforts to curb heat-trapping gases.
White House science adviser John Holdren called the report, the third edition of a congressionally mandated study, ‘‘the loudest and clearest alarm bell to date signaling the need to take urgent action.’’ Later this summer, the Obama administration plans to propose new and controversial regulations restricting gases that come from existing coal-fired power plants.
Some fossil energy groups, conservative think tanks and Republican senators immediately assailed the report as ‘‘alarmist.’’ Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said President Barack Obama was likely to ‘‘use the platform to renew his call for a national energy tax. And I’m sure he’ll get loud cheers from liberal elites — from the kind of people who leave a giant carbon footprint and then lecture everybody else about low-flow toilets.’’
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