President Donald Trump has promised to bring back coal mining jobs, extend oil pipelines, and reduce government subsidies for clean energy initiatives and now US scientists are fighting back.
After Trump claimed that climate change is a “hoax” and claiming that 13 federal agencies have provided documentation that is “unambigious” regarding climate change, scientists are upping their game.
“There are no alternative explanations, and no natural cycles are found in the observational record that can explain the observed changes in climate,” the federal report clearly states while citing thousands of peer-reviewed studies. “Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans.”
Federal scientists, fearing the Trump administration would attempt to undercut their research or bury it all together, released reams of evidence that completely contradicts the Trump administrations policy positions on climate change.
It’s no secret that Trump and his advisers have frequently relied on the work of industry-funded think tanks to fuel their anti-science agenda.
The Dakota Pipeline moved forward after Trump took office and it was quickly revealed that the 45th POTUS owned stock in a company that benefits from the project.
In response to Trump’s anti-science, pro-dirty energy initiatives, the Environmental Protection Agency Chief Scott Pruitt and Energy Secretary Rick Perry have asked for a “red-team, blue-team” exercise where climate-change skeptics could debate the topic with pro-climate change experts.
The federal science draft is part of the upcoming National Climate Assessment and it states in no uncertain terms that failing to curb carbon pollution now will lead to catastrophic events in the near future.
Scientists warn that as other countries move towards clean energy, the Trump administration is attempting to increase fossil fuel production.
The final climate report will be edited by the U.S. Global Change Research Program.
After the New York Times first reported on the draft, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the draft was released “without first verifying its contents with the White House or any of the federal agencies directly involved with climate and environmental policy.”
When asked to further validate the document, Sanders said, “The White House will withhold comment on any draft report before its scheduled release date.”
The climate assessment is released every four years under a Congressional mandated act that started in 1990.
In 2014, the assessment released under the Obama administration said global temperatures will continue to rise if immediate actions are not taken.
Those predictions have remained on track with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration noting that 2017 is on track to be the second warmest in recorded history for the United States.
The report warns that even if we completely curb carbon-spewing gases immediately, the Earth will heat by 0.3 degrees Celsius under current calculations. Even that slight rise in temperature can have a drastic and devastating effect on much of the world’s population.
President Trump has called climate change a “total con job” and a “hoax” and has repeatedly claimed that it is only hindering the United States’ ability to compete in a global market, despite the fact that our main competitors are also taking steps to curb carbon emissions output.
Trump and his administration announced last week that the U.S. has alerted the United Nations to its plans to pull out of the 2015 Paris Climate Accord.
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