It's a lot like an event the United States arranged during last year's climate conference in Bonn, Germany that Michael Bloomberg (the former NY mayor and now UN Special Envoy for Climate Action) described as "promoting tobacco at a cancer summit". The day, known as Black Friday, has become the traditional start of the holiday shopping season and one that most Americans have off from work.
The next report - due out in four years - would look more closely at climate modeling and projections, the spokesperson said, which would "provide for a more transparent and data-driven process that includes fuller information on the range of potential scenarios and outcomes".
It was written long before the deadly fires in California this month and before Hurricanes Florence and Michael raked the East Coast and Florida.
Meanwhile, the report warned that even if major cuts are made to harmful greenhouse gases (GHGs) like carbon dioxide and methane, the damage will linger for years.
Gore was not the only critic questioning the timing of the release.
In contrast to Trump's blind climate-change denial and opposition, Progressive Democrats set to take control of the House in January, will be pushing for an expansive "Green New Deal" as one of the rallying cries as we head toward the 2020 campaign. "And in some areas, such as parts of Alaska and Louisiana, coastal flooding will likely force people to relocate". "Over climate timescales of multiple decades, however, global temperature continues to steadily increase".
Instead, it asserts that warming is occurring, and it's largely caused by humans.
Gore said he hoped the report would push Trump to take action to tackle climate change.
The report's conclusions fly in the face of the Trump administration's efforts to countermand President Obama's policies to reduce global warming, including limiting future increases in fuel economy, scrapping a program to clean up power plants-which would have helped make current and future electric vehicles cleaner-promoting electricity production from coal, and withdrawing the USA from the Paris Climate Accord.
Releasing the report on Black Friday "is a transparent attempt by the Trump administration to bury this report and continue the campaign of not only denying, but suppressing the best of climate science", said study co-author Andrew Light, an global policy expert at the World Resources Institute.
During a press conference Friday, officials behind the report declined to answer questions about the timing of its release and why it contradicts public statements from Trump.