US President Donald Trump has cast doubt on a report by his own government warning of the dire effects from climate change.
Asked outside the White House about the findings that unchecked global warming would wreak havoc on the US economy, he said: “I don’t believe it.”
The report found that climate change will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars annually and damage health.
The world’s leading scientists agree that climate change is human-induced and warn that natural fluctuations in temperature are being exacerbated by human activity.
But Trump remains adamant as his administration continues to pursue a pro-fossil fuels agenda.
The Republican president told reporters on Monday that he had “read some of” Friday’s report, which was compiled with help from US government agencies and departments.
Mr Trump said other countries must take measures to cut their emissions.
“You’re going to have to have China and Japan and all of Asia and all these other countries, you know, it [the report] addresses our country,” he said.
“Right now we’re at the cleanest we’ve ever been and that’s very important to me.
“But if we’re clean, but every other place on Earth is dirty, that’s not so good.
“So I want clean air, I want clean water, very important.”
Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had accused the Trump administration of trying to hide the report.