Climate change report is leaked over Trump censorship fear

Casey Dawson
August 10, 2017

The release of the draft, however, directly contradicts Mr. Trump's long-held beliefs that climate change is not as dire as the report shows.

That's according to The New York Times, which acquired a draft copy of the report by scientists from 13 federal agencies.

Even if emissions were to cease immediately, there are enough heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere to raise global temperatures another 0.5 degree Fahrenheit by century's end, the draft report found. Many scientists have recorded the observations of the climate change and say that there is plethora of proof that human activities like emission of the greenhouse gases are accountable for contemporary perceived climate change.

By law, federal agencies must produce a combined Climate Science Special Report at least every five years.

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.

A White House official said it will "withhold comment on any draft report before its scheduled release date".

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Because of those and other conflicting studies, it concludes that there was suggestive evidence of climate change playing a role in Texas but competing schools of thought. "The last few years have also seen record-breaking, climate-related weather extremes, as well as the warmest years on record for the globe". However, key positions involved in vetting the report, such as the presidential science adviser, have gone unfilled by Trump. Lead scientists pull together the report and it goes through several rounds of comments, including a critique by the National Academy of Sciences earlier this year. The Times published the report Monday, four days after the Trump administration formally announced its withdrawal from the Paris climate accord. And it is embarrassing that our nation's point man on global warming, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, rejects the whole notion of man-made climate change.

This report's leaking comes removed from additional email leaks from within the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported by The Guardian. "Solar output changes and internal natural variability can only contribute marginally to the observed changes in climate over the last century, and we find no convincing evidence for natural cycles in the observational record that could explain the observed changes in climate".

During an interview on NBC's "Today," Haley was asked whether she thinks the Trump administration would embrace the report given that it just withdrew the US from the Paris climate agreement.

"I think that measuring with precision human activity on the climate is something very challenging to do and there's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact, so no, I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to the global warming that we see", Pruitt told CNBC.

Annual average temperatures have already risen 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit since 1865, and are forecast to continue growing.

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