Haley: No reason to think Trump administration won't accept climate change report

10 August, 2017, 00:13 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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They say average USA temperatures have risen rapidly since 1980 and are now the warmest in 1,700 years.

And Trump has packed the administration with climate change deniers.

Just three months after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the 195-nation Paris climate agreement, a major new scientific report says the world - very much including the American Midwest -already is under assault by higher temperatures and bigger storms.

"An article on Tuesday about a sweeping federal climate change report referred incorrectly to the availability of the report", the Times's correction read.

The draft report, says The Washington Post, "estimates that human impact was responsible for an increase in global temperatures of 1.1 to 1.3 degrees Fahrenheit from 1951 to 2010". Of that warming, the draft says, there is at least a 95 percent likelihood that more than half could be attributed to human activity.

The old webpage, which is backed up online and was in existence for more than 20 years, explained the basics of what causes climate change and how it affects human health, among other key pieces of basic scientific information.


After taking over as president, Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, saying it unfairly favoured some countries like India and China.

The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, with the most recent years being the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a previous draft of the special science section of the National Climate Assessment published by The New York Times Monday.

The draft report, written by scientists from 13 federal agencies, has been awaiting approval for its release by the Trump administration for several weeks. Moreover, this alarmist reporting attempts to falsely link extreme weather events to climate change, when the data has never suggested this. But those who challenge scientific data on human-caused climate change say they are equally anxious that the draft report, as well as the larger National Climate Assessment, will be publicly released. Increases in the United States are expected to spike by 5 degrees by century's end with lower emissions, and by nearly 9 degrees with higher emissions, making parts of the country potentially unlivable outside of climate-controlled environments.

A White House official on Tuesday said the New York Times story is "disappointing, yet entirely predictable".

Though Trump didn't question the science behind climate change, and said he might consider rejoining the pact at a later stage and that the United States will continue to work to reduce greenhouse gases, he has also rolled back some regulations introduced by his predecessor, Barack Obama. They noted how the number and severity of cool nights have decreased since the 1960s and how warm days and heat waves have become more common.

An anonymous government scientist who contributed to the federal report said that he and his colleagues were anxious that the Trump administration would bury the data and reprimand employees who shared it.

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