Trump Administration orders government agency to stop predicting long term effects of climate change.

By |2019-05-28T12:29:33-08:00May 29th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |7 Comments

Courtesy of The Independent

The Trump administration has told a major US government department to end predicting what the long-term effects of climate change will be on the country.

Director of the US Geological Survey (USGS) James Reilly – a White House-appointed former oil geologist – ordered that scientific assessments only use computer-generated models that track the possible impact of climate change until 2040, according to The New York Times.

Previously the USGS modeled effects until the end of the century, the second half of which is likely to see the most dramatic impacts of global warming.

The order is likely to impact the US government’s National Climate Assessment, an interagency report produced every four years which outlines the projected impact of climate change in every corner of US society.

In the most recent report, produced late last year and dismissed by Mr. Trump, scientists used computer models to predict the US would face devastating economic and health impacts from global warming by the end of the century.

In the next report, due for release in 2021 or 2022, worst-case scenario predictions will not automatically be included, in what one climate scientist, Philip Duffy of the Woods Hole Research Center, said was a “blatant attempt” to politicize science.

The move is just the latest in a concerted attempt by the Trump White House to undermine climate science and challenge attempts to address runaway warming, which is posing an existential threat to much of life on Earth.

This is exactly the kind of thing you can expect when you elect a comic book supervillain to lead the country. 

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7 Comments

  1. Beaglemom May 29, 2019 at 2:57 am

    So the USGS is now headed by an “oil geologist,” another shill for the oil industry. How fitting for this corrupt, morally bankrupt administration. All of these federal bureaus and agencies, upon which one could rely for good and truthful information, have been turned into deceitful, lying outposts of the GOP and its leader, Don the Con. A day might come when Republicans rue their decision to sell out to Trump. I fear it will be too late – for our system of government, for our country and, possibly, for the planet.

  2. Anonymous May 29, 2019 at 3:18 am

    Why don’t they just do what everyone else is doing : IGNORE HIM

  3. Anonymous May 29, 2019 at 3:21 am

    Why don’t they just do what everyone else is doing: IGNORE HIM

    Are they legally bound to follow these “orders” that are coming from a former fossil fuel employee?

  4. Rolex May 29, 2019 at 6:18 am

    Republicans haven’t sold out to trump, they are just showing their true colors.

  5. WW3 May 29, 2019 at 8:46 am

    THIS IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT.
    “Rare earths are a group of 17 chemical elements used in everything from high-tech consumer electronics to military equipment.” “United States, don’t underestimate China’s ability to strike back”
    “We advise the U.S. side not to underestimate the Chinese side’s ability to safeguard its development rights and interests. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!”

    “China accounted for 80% of rare earth imports between 2014 and 2017 by the United States, which has excluded them from recent tariffs along with some other critical Chinese minerals.

    Beijing, however, has raised tariffs on imports of U.S. rare earth metal ores from 10% to 25% from June 1, making it less economical to process the material in China.”

    https://www.politicususa.com/2019/05/29/china-ready-to-hit-back-at-trump-trade-war-with-rare-earths-newspapers.html

  6. AK Lynne May 29, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Ah, but will we last until the end of the century? At this rate it’s anyone’s guess.

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