Trump administration releases report confirming 2016 as hottest year since records began
Aug 11 2017 by Michele Stevens
Contradicting Trump'sclaims that climate change is a "hoax", the draft report representing the consensus of 13 federal agencies concludes that the evidence global warming is being driven by human activities is "unambiguous".
The worldwide report, State of the Climate in 2016, was compiled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is based on contributions from almost 500 scientists from more than 60 countries. "While it was not widely publicized, the report was uploaded by the nonprofit Internet Archive in January; it was not first made public by The New York Times".
Earlier this week, the newspaper-of-record published a front-page, bombshell report stating that a leaker had sent them a draft report of the National Climate Assessment, an analysis that the contact feared was being suppressed by the Trump administration.
"Dana Nuccitelli, the GuardianThe report-based on contributions from over 450 scientists from almost 60 countries-is the most detailed climate assessment that has emerged from a government agency since Donald Trump became president, a fact that raised questions about how it will be received by the White House".
"The major indicators of climate change continued to reflect trends consistent with a warming planet". The report said 2016 was the sixth consecutive year in which the global sea level increased compared with the previous year.
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Richard Alley, another Penn State geosciences professor and expert on the Earth's cryosphere, noted Smith was correct the report was a draft finished some time ago, so it could not include "the absolutely most recent data". What is very clear is that the New York Times has lost any sense of objectivity on the issue.
"This has been alarming for a long time", Gleick said. The Times removed that sentence from its report, but maintains the language that anonymous scientists are afraid Team Trump will suppress the report. The scientific community is anxiously waiting to see what the findings in the official report will be. As Philip Rucker and Ed O'Keefe reported in June, Republicans in Congress have complained that federal agencies aren't sharing information; the White House began banishing live coverage of briefings; and it ended the Obama practice of releasing White House visitor logs. The coinage for this is the now-ubiquitous term "fake news". The last report was released in 2014.
When pressed on [Sarah Huckabee] Sanders's criticism, Bumiller said, "We spent a lot of time trying to sort out where it had appeared before", said Bumiller.
The Trump maladministration is chock full of people up and down the chain of command who have drunk deeply of the Koch Brothers Kool Aid that discredits virtually all scientists as a bunch of megalomaniacs who spew out research just to justify their existence and perpetuate cushy assignments paid for by the taxpayers.
At a June panel discussion hosted by the Washington Press Club Foundation, CNN senior congressional reporter Manu Raju spoke about the stakes involved with factual integrity these days. In that sense, the leaked report helps isolate the president, his fellow doubters and his allies, such as Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, whose combined regulatory moves would reduce curbs on emissions and set the stage for accelerated drilling and mining on federal lands.