Federal scientists' report says climate change is dangerously real

Lynne Sladky  AP

Lynne Sladky AP

The report came out just days after The New York Times published a draft USA government report on climate, which said that the average temperature in the United States had risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and that recent decades had been the warmest in the past 1,500 years.

Even with moderate carbon pollution cuts, the federal scientists project USA will warm another 2.5 degrees in the coming decades. "The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration", noted the lead of the article, which was written by Lisa Friedman.

Its findings on the consequences of climate change are dire, and humans are to blame.

The irony of the liberal media is they adore a story about "scientists" warning of planetary doom getting suppressed by Republicans and their fossil-fuel financiers, while they fervently believe in suppressing opposition to the doomsayers as dangerously unscientific. That assessment calls into question the wisdom of Trump's environmental and energy policies, which seek to boost US production and consumption of fossil fuels even as the world's other leading economies promote cleaner sources of energy. Making the report public at least forces the Trump administration to explain why it does or does not stand behind the science.

"As others have pointed out - and The New York Times should have noticed - drafts of this report have been published and made widely available online months ago during the public comment period", she continued.

President Donald Trump and his cabinet often avoid talking about the science of climate change, but when pressed what they have said clashes with established mainstream science, data and peer-reviewed studies and reports. It's an assessment of the latest and best climate science from around the world by 13 federal agencies, including NASA, the EPA and even the Department of Defense, along with a host of leading USA scientists. "If the report is approved, then it is just a matter of logistics before it is published".

The White House has criticized the Times for its reporting on the draft document, but Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says it will "withhold comment on any draft report before its scheduled release date". The current draft for 2018, targeted for release later this year, largely builds on the conclusions of the 2014 assessment released under the Obama administration. The temperature was also more than 1˚C over the pre-industrial average.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 2016 surpassed 2015 as the warmest year on record, citing the combined influence of long-term global warming and an unusually strong El Niño weather pattern. In the past, scientists have been reticent to tie specific severe weather events to overall climate change. "It is also the most up-to-date one, since the latest IPCC report is now four years old". Even though the increase is essentially negligible, the scientists warn that without major reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions, the temperature in the US will rise almost nine degrees Fahrenheit by the end of this century.

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