Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science

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Trump is directing agencies under his control to curtail reporting related to climate change and global warming. First I will give you the Axios summary of what he is doing, link that and give the link to the original NYT story.

Why it matters: The U.S. government produces closely watched analyses that add to scientific and popular understanding.
  • They include a late 2018 report warning of "hundreds of billions of dollars" in annual losses to some economic sectors without scaled up emissions-cutting and adaptation.
Where it stands: The NYT report looks at 2 major changes.
  • One of them would jettison what the NYT calls "worst case scenario" projections of unchecked emissions and the steep temperature rises that would result.
  • The paper also reports that one agency, the U.S. Geological Survey, will only use climate models that project effects through 2040, rather than 2100.
The big question: How will these changes affect the next version of the National Climate Assessment (NCA), a sweeping report that many agencies and outside scientists create that is issued roughly every 4 years.
  • Going forward, projections of unchecked emissions and their impact "will not automatically be included in the National Climate Assessment or in some other scientific reports produced by the government," they report.
Our thought bubble, via Axios' Andrew Freedman:
"It's one thing to ignore the science, but quite another to try to dictate what goes into them. It risks making the administration look heavy-handed and Orwellian."​
"At the end of the day, this approach would not succeed in stifling the main message, as there are more than a dozen agencies involved in the NCA process, plus outside researchers who can publish independently."​
NYT: Trump administration looking to curtail federal climate change reports

Trump Administration Hardens Its Attack on Climate Science
 
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Just another reason why millennials, the largest up-in-coming voting block (even surpassing the boomer generation in size about the time I write this), and who largely support action against climate change, should vote someone else into the White House in 2020.
 
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Climate Hoaxmongering not science.

5 major Coolling periods in 400,000 years (this is the 5th and the coolest of the 5)

to find a cooler major warming period you have to go back to the warming period that began ~500,000 years ago.