Last year, the Trump administration disbanded a federal climate change advisory committee. President Donald Trump makes no attempt to hide his disbelief in the science of climate change. A report from June had him Tweeting about it 115 times.
Despite disbelief at the highest levels of the current US government, the scientists on the panel remain undeterred. Their research continues elsewhere.
Columbia University’s Earth Institute hired one of the committee’s researchers, Richard Moss of the University of Maryland. Moss plans to reconvene most of the former panel members and produce the same report.
The shadow panel marks just the latest example of how President Donald Trump’s disbelief in the science of climate change pushes scientists and government agencies into internal exile.
Let’s continue to destroy the competitiveness of our factories & manufacturing so we can fight mythical global warming. China is so happy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2012
In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against. Bundle up!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2017
The panel will produce the report, an addendum to the quadrennial National Climate Assessment, that focuses on local impacts of a warming world. The panel expects to receive some financial assistance from New York State and administrative support from the American Meteorological Society. The report will be available for public and peer review in June.
New York State said in a statement it wants the committee to “continue its critical work without political interference and provide the guidance needed to adapt to a changing climate.”
Meanwhile, other groups unaffiliated with the federal government took on climate science research dropped by the Trump administration.
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