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.