We continue to see how Donald Trump lives in an Alternate Universe ….
How he manages to get others to join him…..
This is an effort to refute a report called the National Climate Assessment which was begun under the Obama admin, which makes it a target for Trump & Co…..
The White House plans to create an ad hoc group of select federal scientists to reassess the government’s analysis of climate science and counter conclusions that the continued burning of fossil fuels is harming the planet, according to three senior administration officials.
The National Security Council initiative would include scientists who question the severity of climate impacts and the extent to which humans contribute to the problem, according to these individuals, who asked for anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
The group would not be subject to the same level of public disclosure as a formal advisory committee.
The move would represent the Trump administration’s most forceful effort to date to challenge the scientific consensus that greenhouse gas emissions are helping drive global warming and that the world could face dire consequences unless countries curb their carbon output over the next few decades.
The idea of a new working group, which top administration officials discussed Friday in the White House Situation Room, represents a modified version of an earlier plan to establish a federal advisory panel on climate and national security. That plan — championed by William Happer, an NSC senior director and a physicist who has challenged the idea that carbon dioxide could damage the planet — would have created an independent federal advisory committee…..
The Trump administration appears to have the National Climate Assessment in its crosshairs. The administration released the assessment on Black Friday last year in an attempt to bury its findings.
- The report detailed the ways that climate change is already harming Americans nationwide, and emphasized that there will be more severe impacts to come if greenhouse gas emissions are not dramatically reduced.
- President Trump distanced himself from the NCA, telling Axios on HBO that the climate goes through natural cycles, “Is there climate change? Yeah. Will it go back like this, I mean will it change back? Probably.”
- He also portrayed it as a report primarily prepared by federal agency scientists working under the Obama administration.
The state of play: Trump has presented the NCA as an Obama-era project, but most of the report was written and reviewed during Trump’s time in office, says Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University and lead author of the NCA…..