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Federal report says climate change is disrupting Americans' lives

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WASHINGTON -

President Obama is bringing some of the nation's top weather experts to the White House to urge action on climate change. He's releasing the 2014 National Climate Assessment focusing on the long-term impact of extreme weather changes.

The White House says Tuesday's report was developed over four years by top climate experts with input from the public. It will detail region-by-region what the administration believes is the impact of changing weather patterns.

"97 percent of scientists agree; there's an overwhelming amount of evidence that exists that climate change is real," said John Podesta, senior advisor to the president.

The National Climate Assessment will look at what the administration says are extreme weather changes: flooding along the coast - where more than half the nation lives; more intense and more frequent hurricanes; crops at risk across middle America and drought and wildfires out west.

"This third National Climate Assessment will be the most authoritative and comprehensive source of scientific information ever produced about how climate change is going to impact all regions of the United States," said Podesta.

The administration blames greenhouse gases for disrupting our weather. Last June, the president pledged to cut carbon emissions and require more fuel efficient cars.

"Our concern is that, if he wants to actually do what he says he wants to do, and get the economy and jobs back, this is the last thing this country needs. He would actually be hurting the people he wants to help most," said Charlie Drevna, president of American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers.

The fuel industry is pushing President Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, but that's been put on the back burner.

The report will also consider the effects of extreme weather on the nation's health, transportation and energy.

Learn more about the issue here.

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