White House to select scientists to reassess climate findings

White House to select scientists to reassess climate findings

Judith Curry, a former Georgia Tech climate scientist whom Republicans have sought to testify on climate change because she often highlights the uncertainties that remain, said in an email that she backed the idea of an independent assessment of government climate reports as long as the participants reflected a range of perspectives and are not activists on either side of the debate.

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 its conclusions that the continued burning of fossil fuels is harming the planet, according to three administration officials.

The group, organized by the National Security Council, is allegedly in response to the U.S.

The council will reportedly not be held to the transparency standards the Federal Advisory Committee Act dictates since it is not a formal organization.

While the plan is not finalized, NSC officials said they would take steps to assemble a group of researchers within the government. One such report is the National Climate Assessment in November, which-you guessed it-informed us that climate change is worsening.

Trump discounted the National Climate Assessment shortly after it was released a year ago, saying he didn't "see it" when asked if climate change was caused by the release of carbon emissions.

A range of government researchers have issued stark warnings about climate change and the risks it poses. The very publishing of the report angered Trump, deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman reportedly told top administration officials in the White House Situation Room on Friday, though its release is required by federal law.

The prime target of the review appears to be the National Climate Assessment, a major report released in November that was jointly written by 13 federal agencies and more than 300 researchers. A recent report from the United Nations' scientific panel on climate change projected that if we do not drastically lower our emissions output, a large number of people will die due to the resulting catastrophes, including food shortages and wildfires.

Trump officials had weighed the idea of conducting a "red team-blue team" exercise on climate change, an idea espoused by Scott Pruitt, who was then the chief of the Environmental Protection Agency, during the early months of the administration.

It's time for concrete action around climate change, which can hopefully be achieved through the Green New Deal.



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