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White House to pick scientists to reassess federal climate report

White House to pick scientists to reassess federal climate report”

The Trump administration is reportedly planning to convene a group of scientists to question the validity of climate change and challenge a sweeping federal report on the subject that was released a year ago.

The Trump administration is reportedly forming an ad hoc group of hand-picked scientists to throw a shroud of uncertainty over the government's own climate change report, which stated the country would need to lower emissions in order to mitigate the worst effects of climate change.

"In 2003, the Pentagon commissioned a report to examine how an abrupt change in climate would affect America's defense capabilities: Its authors concluded that it 'should be elevated beyond a scientific debate to a USA national security concern, '" the Post said.

Under the act, such bodies should meet in public, be subject to public record requests and include a representative membership. National Climate Assessment, which was released on Black Friday a year ago.

Administration officials reportedly met Friday to discuss how best to form a group of federal researchers that could scrutinize government climate reports.

U.S. President Donald Trump (L) listens to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt after announcing his decision that the United States will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, U.S., June 1, 2017.

During the Friday meeting, these officials said, deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman said President Trump was upset that his administration in November had issued the National Climate Assessment, which must be published regularly under federal law. The committee may also challenge findings in recent government reports such as the National Climate Assessment (NCA) released in November and used by Democrats to push for climate action.

In 2003, the Pentagon commissioned a report to examine how an abrupt change in climate would affect America's defense capabilities: Its authors concluded that it "should be elevated beyond a scientific debate to a USA national security concern".

Just last month, the national intelligence director delivered a worldwide threat assessment that "climate hazards" including extreme weather, wildfires, droughts and acidifying oceans are worsening, "threatening infrastructure, health, and water and food security". He joined CBSN to discuss why we should be using more alarmist language to talk about climate change.

"Hopefully people can see that the science overwhelmingly points to our climate is changing", she said.



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