The New York Times on Tuesday obtained a draft report by climate scientists from 13 federal agencies, which concludes that humans are mostly to blame for global warming and that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now, directly contradicting claims by the Trump administration who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain.
The report is congressionally mandated every four years and the National Academy of Sciences has already signed off on the draft report, however the Trump administration has yet to sign off on it, raising serious concerns among scientists and activists.
“We are seeing this report now because scientists, like the vast majority of Americans, do not trust the Trump administration with the truth,” said Liz Perera, climate policy director for the Sierra Club.
“When you get down there to [the Environmental Protection Agency], you realize there is constant questioning of everything scientific of EPA that may have any implication down the line to have an impact on the regulated community,” Thomas Burke, an EPA official under former President Barack Obama, told CNN.
“This morning, in my country, The New York Times has reported another leak, a very beneficial leak,” former Vice President Al Gore said Tuesday in Berlin while promoting his new film An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power.
“I would like to formally call on the Trump administration to stop suppressing this report, to stop trying to censor scientific information and make this report public so that the latest scientific information compiled from tens of thousands of scientists with the up-to-date evidence of the incredibly harsh impacts of the climate crisis on the United States will be made public.”
Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) told CNN Tuesday that “it wouldn’t be a surprise” if the administration tried to suppress the findings of the study.
Trump administration officials continue to deny the truth and alter the reality of human-caused climate change, minimizing its significance.
“There’s a warming trend — the climate is changing,” EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said in April on Fox News.
“And human activity contributes to that change in some measure. The real issue is how much we contribute to it.”
The New York Times added:
Worldwide, the draft report finds it “extremely likely” that more than half of the global mean temperature increase since 1951 can be linked to human influence.
“Many lines of evidence demonstrate that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse (heat-trapping) gases, are primarily responsible for recent observed climate changes,” the report says.
“Human activities are now the dominant cause of the observed changes in climate.”
“Humanity is conducting an unprecedented experiment with the Earth’s climate system through emissions from large-scale fossil-fuel combustion, widespread deforestation and other changes to the landscape,” the report added.
“There is significant potential for humankind’s planetary experiment to result in unanticipated surprises — and the further and faster the Earth’s climate system is changed, the greater the risk of such surprises.”