Guest essay by Eric Worrall
President Trump has disbanded a 15 person committee whose job was to interpret a 13 agency, 600+ page climate report, and tell the President what to do. But the credibility of the report is in tatters, after it was discovered that the authors edited out a highly embarrassing section from an earlier draft, which would have distracted from their doomsday narrative.
The Trump administration just disbanded a federal advisory committee on climate change
By Juliet Eilperin August 20 at 7:00 AM
The Trump administration has decided to disband the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping policymakers and private-sector officials incorporate the government’s climate analysis into long-term planning.
The charter for the 15-person Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment — which includes academics as well as local officials and corporate representatives — expires Sunday. On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s acting administrator, Ben Friedman, informed the committee’s chair that the agency would not renew the panel.
The committee was established in 2015, but its members were not appointed until last summer. They convened their first meeting in the fall. Moss said members of the group intend to keep working on their report, which is due out next spring, even though it now will lack the official imprimatur of the federal government. “It won’t have the same weight as if we were issuing it as a federal advisory committee,” he said.
This particular climate report may go down as one of the most ineptly politicised documents in Washington DC history.
First we had the ridiculous claim from the New York Times that they had to leak the climate report, to prevent the Trump Administration suppressing it – even though draft copies are publicly available.
The New York Times later appended the following corrections to their sensationalist claims that the report was being suppressed;
Correction: August 9, 2017
An article on Tuesday about a sweeping federal climate change report referred incorrectly to the availability of the report. 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.
Correction: August 15, 2017
An article last Tuesday about a sweeping federal climate change report misstated the professional credentials of Katharine Hayhoe, who contributed to the report. She is a professor at Texas Tech University, not a government scientist.
The botched NYT story focussed attention on the report, which revealed multiple climate shenanigans – alleged adjustments to published data, and the removal of an entire section which suggested the 1930s dust bowl years experienced more extreme hot weather than today’s climate.
The committee which wasn’t renewed was supposed to provide recommendations to the President when this tattered piece of political theatre finally limped across the finish line.
No wonder members of the disbanded committee are worried that without the authority of the Federal Government, their scientific recommendations “won’t have the same weight”.