White House to select scientists to reassess climate findings

Fake science The White House reportedly wants a new dodgy panel of scientists to challenge the government’s climate change findings

According to news reports, the ad-hoc group is spearheaded by William Happer, a former physics professor at Princeton University who disagrees with the scientific consensus that climate change is real and human-caused.

The idea of a new working group, which top administration officials discussed Friday in the White House Situation Room, represents a modified version of an earlier plan to establish a federal advisory panel on climate and national security.

While some experts told the Post they anxious such a group could harm national security by casting doubt on scientific consensus regarding the risks of climate change, others were skeptical the task-force would have a substantive impact given the amount of extant and ongoing research around the world.

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. As per the Post, public records show that the group aimed to educate the public and government officials of the "important contribution made by carbon dioxide to our lives and the economy". National Climate Assessment, which was released on Black Friday past year.

Kupperman added that congressional Democrats had seized upon the report, which is the product of more than a dozen agencies, to bolster their case for cutting carbon emissions as part of their Green New Deal.

Several scientists, however, said the federal government's recent findings on climate change had received intense scrutiny from other researchers in the field before they became public.

The prime target of the review appears to be the National Climate Assessment, a major report released in November that was jointly written by 13 federal agencies and more than 300 researchers.

Under Trump, the government's environmental policies have changed substantially. A recent report from the United Nations' scientific panel on climate change projected that if we do not drastically lower our emissions output, a large number of people will die due to the resulting catastrophes, including food shortages and wildfires. One federal climate scientist, who asked for anonymity to avoid possible retaliation, said agency researchers had pursued and published their research in the past two years without meaningful resistance. That plan was blocked by then-Chief of Staff John Kelly. He joined CBSN to discuss why we should be using more alarmist language to talk about climate change.

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