US Scientists Step Up Their Game To Fight Trump's Anti-Science Agenda

Saul Bowman
August 10, 2017

If current trends of greenhouse gas emissions continue, temperatures across the USA will likely continue to rise, with a projected increase of 5 to 7.5 degrees Fahrenheit (2.8 to 4.8 degrees Celsius), The New York Times reported.

The Times reportedly obtained a draft copy of the upcoming National Climate Assessment, quoting unnamed scientists who feared "the Trump administration could change or suppress the report".

There have been federal government reports in the past that looked at the impacts of climate change in Canada but she said they are not up to date. The report indicates it is "extremely likely" that more than half of the average global temperature increase since 1951 is connected to human activity. They explain that "There are no convincing alternative explanations supported by the extent of the observational evidence".

The study "directly contradicts claims" from Trump and some in his cabinet, the Times wrote, because they "say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain and that the ability to predict the effects is limited".

Like the delay in publishing the draft report, the emergence of the emails has stoked fears the Trump administration is attempting to censor the climate change debate in favour of promoting the exploitation of America's fossil fuel reserves.

"Ten years ago, we didn't have the tools to attribute particular extreme climate events to human-induced climate change".

The incident marks the latest in a series of clashes between top administration officials and scientists within the government, some of whom contend that the White House is actively trying to bury science related to global warming.

The draft report, by agencies such as NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, echoes that message. The landmark 195-nation pact sets out stringent standards to restrict carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases that scientists say contribute to climate change.

Trump said the United States would withdraw from the Paris agreement.

But then there's the story behind the story: this report was leaked for a reason. The head of Trump's Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has said there is "tremendous disagreement" on the impact humans have had on the climate.

Pruitt memorably claimed in the interview with CNBC that C02 is not "a primary contributor" to global warming, even though the EPA's own website claimed at the time that it's the 'primary greenhouse gas that is contributing to recent climate change'. It's produced every four years by more than 300 scientists and is overseen by a federal advisory committee consisting of about 60 experts.

The report cites a documented rise in global annual average temperature from 1880 through 2015 of over 0.9 degrees Celsius (1.6 Fahrenheit).

So I might be going out on a limb here, but I'd say it's safe to conclude the Trump administration hasn't suppressed a publicly available report on climate change.

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