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White House Releases Climate Change Report That Contradicts Administration

by Countable | 11.6.17

What’s the story?

President Donald Trump has called climate change a "hoax". Numerous other senior administration officials have also publicly questioned the science documenting climate change and its significance. But now the White House has released a Climate Change report that contradicts those assertions, verifying that climate change is real and that humans are the only plausible primary cause.

Why does it matter?

In early August scientists involved in the formulation of the Fourth Annual Climate Assessment, a congressionally mandated climate assessment report authored by scientists from 13 different agencies, leaked a final draft to the press. They were concerned that the White House would bury the report because it offered conclusive evidence not just of the existence of climate change, but also of human’s responsibility for it, directly contradicting the beliefs of many in the administration.

However, the report has now been released and, according to lead author Carl Mears, quoted by Ars Technica, there was no political meddling in its formulation or release:

"I didn't see any signs of political interference for the chapters I was involved in. The comments from the agencies appeared to be from scientists, and most if not all were directed toward making the report clearer and easier to understand."

The report, highlighted by NBC, states clearly that a global rise in temperature is accelerating rapidly, and that there is no other plausible cause but humans:

"This assessment concludes, based on extensive evidence, that it is extremely likely that human activities, especially emissions of greenhouse gases, are the dominant cause of the observed warming since the mid-20th century, For the warming over the last century, there is no convincing alternative explanation supported by the extent of the observational evidence."

For their part, the administration, via White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah, skirted the issue, acknowledging the existence of changes in climate, but dodging the question of human culpability:

"The climate has changed and is always changing. As the Climate Science Special Report states, the magnitude of future climate change depends significantly on 'remaining uncertainty in the sensitivity of Earth's climate to [greenhouse gas] emissions."

The administration has rolled back a host of rules and regulations, including the Clean Power Plan, aimed at curbing carbon emissions, which are believed to be a primary driver of climate change. They also have removed the U.S. from the Paris Agreement, which aims to set global goals for combating climate change.

What do you think?

Are you heartened by the release of this report? Do you think it will, or should, change the policy direction of the administration? What do you hope comes of the firm conclusions it contains, that global temps are accelerating and humans are to blame?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: NOAA / Creative Commons)

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  • Ticktock
    11/06/2017
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    Opposition to Climate Change that is caused by humans is not based on a factual or reasoned arguments. Those opposing addressing climate change are not going to be swayed by more fact based science. Their opposition is based on life style, monetary drives and the hype provided ExxonMobil and their ilk. We have elected and staffed critical positions within our Government with these people. They’re the same types of people who told us that smoking cigarettes did not cause cancer from earlier than 1950 but had at that time documented evidence to the contrary. ExxonMobil, Tillerson, is involved with a court suit now based in New York that like in the case of cigarettes ExxonMobil has had evidence supporting that climate change is cause by human activity but not only has withheld that data but has vigorously campaigned to convince US citizens just the opposite. It’s the same pattern that the cigarette industry has used for nearly century throughout the world. The deniers just haven’t smelled the coffee yet and choose not too.

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  • Millie
    11/06/2017
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    Trump conveniently does not acknowledge climate change so he can plunder our natural resources. Fracking is causing earthquakes in Oklahoma for Gods sake. This way he won’t be contradicting himself when he installs pipelines, pushes obsolete coal etc. Climate change is the biggest danger the world faces.

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  • Judith
    11/06/2017
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    It should change policy and result in regulations and laws that promote ecological protection and health. Will it? Not with Republicans, who are wholly bought and owned by their corporate and oligarch masters, in charge. These people do not care one bit about the damage they and their policies cause. They are traitors not only to our country, but to humanity.

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  • Robert
    11/06/2017
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    Climate change denial is what campaign contributions can buy.

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  • IllWill
    11/06/2017
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    Well this should be no surprise to anyone. Even Trump’s own White House couldn’t back up the President’s absurd statements. There should be no debate about anthropogenic climate change anymore. Any rational person knows it’s happening. Now we really need to have serious debate about how to tackle it. Right now, we need a radical transformation of our energy system away from fossil fuels and towards wind, solar, hydroelectric, and geothermal energy.

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  • Shane
    11/06/2017
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    I support action being taken by congress to move swiftly towards renewable energy systems and dramatic co2 reduction. While some may cast doubt, there is only good to come from such a move. Of course, incumbent energy companies will fight this. Next to nuclear threat I believe this is our number one crisis to solve. We need our leaders to do the right thing and stop the insanity before it's too late.

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  • Gerald
    11/07/2017
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    I don’t wish to be pessimistic but it is not like it will make a difference. Anyone with intelligence already believes climate change is real and caused by human activity. There in not a consensus on a real solution long term but we gave the world a big finger and withdrew from the only plan that existed. We even pushed coal to add insult and all to secure Pennsylvania electoral votes for Trump. They don’t care about you or me. Look at what they want to do to health care and tax cuts in a time of record deficits. For goodness sake look at the head of the EPA. The outrage is limited to the left and the sheep graze believing there is no slaughter house in their future. Yeah, sorry, I am close to losing all hope we aren’t doomed to be destroyed by the oligarchs that have seized power in this country. At least we can expect reasonable gun control...

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  • Tom
    11/07/2017
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    Since the last Ice Age, in recorded historic times the average global temperature has been both warmer and colder than nowadays. No icing over of the Delaware or Ohio rivers; but no vineyards in southern England, or Northern Europe horticulture/agriculture in southern Greenland. Climate is more about Plate Tectonics, Earth’s orbital dynamics and Solar energy output than anything we’re doing. I️ think Hubris is the term; the Libs can destroy our economy and not impact in any significant way the weather.

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  • Jeffrey
    11/06/2017
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    I still call bullshit on man made global warming. Especially when no studies take into account the activity of the sun, but instead look only a terrestrial climate influence. It is junk science intended to influence behavior and increase the power of federal agencies. Nothing more.

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  • Pat
    11/06/2017
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    It is still a hoax. Is being blown out of proportion by mad scientists. They must seem important and continue their rhetoric about climate change or look like fools. Climate change moves slower than a snails pace. Hope Trump does not fall for this overblown concern by Democrats and people trying to look and be important. We have other things that need focus—immigration, jobs, Democrats acting like fools, terror, etc.

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  • James
    11/06/2017
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    Wrong! Humans are not the primary source of climate change. There are too many fo actor involved beyond human activity! Volcanic activity! A lot of volcanic gasses being released into to atmosphere on a daily basis and surely that activity has picked up immensely in the last twenty years! Now let's talk about the activity on the sun! That greatly effects climate on earth! In the 1960s into the 80s we were all told that we were heading to another ice age and that the world was cooling! However tens of thousands of scientists who study the sun's activity recorded and showed that there was a lot of super storms on the sun causing the earth the be bombarded with a whole lot of bad stuff thus affecting everything from ocean temps to upper atmosphere temps! I agree fully that the tropical rain forests must be protected as a lot from the Amazon to Malaysia, Indonesia and the African continent have been chopped down for plantations! But we must look at the whole picture and Global Warming, environmentalists just want to keep their closed minds closed! Who's fooling Who! NASA, NOAA, and a whole lot of other countries with their mitts in outer space with satellites have been caught red handed fudging numbers and doctoring photos and computer predictions! They are wrong! The Earth has a magnificent way of cleansing itself naturally as well! I just cannot buy on to all this globalist one size fits all in the world crap! Who is pushing this? The so called shadow world government? The Devil himself perhaps?

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  • Afina
    11/06/2017
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    The report should change the policies but it won’t. The White House and the republicans are doing everything they can to roll back regulations that might help; so the fact that they released the report virtually unchanged probably means they didn’t read it

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  • Jacob
    11/07/2017
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    We must protect the environment.

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  • Jerry
    11/06/2017
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    According to scientists in thee 70s we were supposed to be in an ice age by now!!!

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  • Vanessa
    11/07/2017
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    Thank God for forums like Countable that keep us updated on this gaslighting of an administration. It’s a good thing the press secretary isn’t Pinocchio, her snobby nose would be burning in the stratosphere!

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  • Althena
    11/08/2017
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    You need to take action to protect and support renewable resources. Do you want America to lose the race in using clean energy? China is currently pulverizing us in the future and current market. Say NO to this heinously stupid tax reform. Corporations do not need tax cuts, they launder more than enough through their tax shelters and off shore banks. Much like the affiliates of this administration. We need to increase taxes on multinational corporations. We need to provide education and healthcare to our citizens. We need jobs, not automation. Do not open our national parks to privatized drilling and exploitation of resources. This is insanity! Global warming is real!! Take action for the people and the planet, not your donors.

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  • Mindful
    11/07/2017
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    D. J. Trump says he told all Agencies like State DEPT.,DOD, etc.. NOT to hire too many Aids/Secretaries—save $$$. Why? ..”Because I am the Most Important Person..” I MAKE THE DECISIONS.” Is this a tell tale clue of total ignorance of how Governing should be assembled? It does reveal that he has no interest in listening/learning how to do his job. He does not like to take advice—and it shows.

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  • RadicalModerate
    11/07/2017
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    The elephants are all science deniers. They claim to be religious, so they might rally the ignorant. But their only religion is money. Their doctrine lies. Their war fodder are the youth, so disadvantaged by our leaders corruption they must turn to employment as murderers in the armed forces.

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  • wicked-italian
    11/07/2017
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    Along with nuclear disarmament, this is the most important isssue and challenge of our generation, yet so many people don't want to face it, including the President and the majority of conservative politicians. When scientific facts are not persuasive enough to shape human behavior, look for another way... social and economic advantages of clean energy and non-toxic drinking water, the importance of biodiversity to medical research, impacts on commerce when global standards exceed ours and US products/services are in lesser demand, etc. States and local governments can also move forward with or without the federal government.

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  • Michael
    11/06/2017
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    If they used the same climate change computer models, then throw it out. It's BS.

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