By Ben Wolfgang | The Washington Times
The White House on Tuesday offered a dire assessment of the nation’s future, predicting that climate change will lead to a horrific future of coastal flooding in the Northeast, water shortages in the Southeast, crippling droughts and heat waves in the Midwest and other planet-altering changes all across the country.
The 840-page National Climate Assessment, developed by climate scientists and other experts, is the Obama administration’s latest attempt to spur a national conversation on global warming. Last summer, President Obama vowed that climate change would be one of the top issues in his second term.
With a divided Congress unlikely to pass any climate-related legislation, Tuesday’s report will serve as justification for the president to take further executive action through Environmental Protection Agency regulations and in other ways.