White House Forming Council To Contradict Climate Change Conclusions

White House Forming Council To Contradict Climate Change Conclusions

White House Forming Council To Contradict Climate Change Conclusions

According to The Washington Post's Sunday report, under the plan, which top administration officials discussed on Friday, the working group will include select scientists who question the gravity of climate change consequences and the extent to which human activities are aggravating the problem.

According to news reports, the ad-hoc group is spearheaded by William Happer, a former physics professor at Princeton University who disagrees with the scientific consensus that climate change is real and human-caused.

Trump administration officials met Friday to discuss the informal group, which hasn't been finalized yet.

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"The goal of this new "National Security Council committee" is apparently to question the findings of recent federal climate science reports: which just so happen to already be THE most thoroughly reviewed docs on climate in the entire country!"

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

Attendees at the session, which included acting interior secretary David Bernhardt and senior officials from throughout the government, debated how best to establish a group of researchers that could scrutinize recent federal climate reports.

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One senior administration official said the president was looking for "a mixture of opinions" and disputed the National Climate Assessment, a massive interagency report, in November that described intensifying climate change as a threat to the United States. Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University and an author of the National Climate Assessment, wrote on Twitter. That includes the National Climate Assessment released in November by a broad group of federal agencies as well as a report from the national intelligence director last month, each warning that weather-related climate hazards are growing worse. That plan was blocked by then-Chief of Staff John Kelly. 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.

It's time for concrete action around climate change, which can hopefully be achieved through the Green New Deal. One federal climate scientist, who asked for anonymity to avoid possible retaliation, said agency researchers had pursued and published their research in the past two years without meaningful resistance.

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