Climate change has already cost the federal government billions of dollars--a number likely to increase as the weather continues to become more extreme, according to a new government report. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) report comes during a hurricane season of massive storms which killed and stranded hundreds of people. Additionally, wildfires destroyed neighborhoods and acres of land across California.

The increasing financial cost

Currently, the GAO is unable to estimate an exact amount of what future climate change impacts could cost.

However, according to NBC News, the report found over the past decade, the federal government spent $365 billion in relief and recovery aid for areas affected by extreme weather.

Of the $365 billion, the GAO report states $205 billion of it was spent on disaster relief alone. In addition, the federal government spent $90 billion on crop and flood insurance, $34 billion on wildfire management, and $28 billion on federal infrastructure repairs.

In response to the recent acute wildfires and hurricanes, the Senate may also approve on Tuesday of an additional $36.5 billion in relief aid to help rebuild these areas. This amount is in addition to the $15 billion Congress approved last month.

Trump Administration's response to climate change

Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) originally proposed the GAO create the report to address this weather. According to the Los Angeles Times, the report found federal agencies need to work together against the issues climate change could bring, or the financial burden due to them will rise.

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Currently, the federal government lacks a government-wide plan on how to manage climate change impacts before they become a financial problem, according to the report.

In addition to this lack of planning, the trump administration recently ended the Obama-era mandate that federal agencies must work together to prepare for climate change risks.

According to the report, without this mandate, the administration lacks an established plan of action.

Independent congressional investigators stated the Trump administration's response to these situations and an inability to accept climate change as a fact could make matters worse, according to the Los Angeles Times. As of now, the Trump administration has made no comment in relation to the report.