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Historic Leak from Government Scientists Reveals the Severity of Climate Change

by Countable | 8.8.17

What’s the story?

Tuesday the New York Times released the draft of what some experts are calling the "the most comprehensive climate science reports" ever published. Authored by experts from 13 federal agencies, the report is a special science section of the National Climate assessment, which is congressionally mandated every four years. The National Academy of Sciences agrees with the findings in the report.

The report was leaked to the Times because many scientists fear that the Trump administration, which has repeatedly questioned the validity of climate change science, may dismiss the findings in the report, and even prevent it from being publicly released. Despite Congress mandating the report and the input of over a dozen federal agencies, the White House still controls the fate of the report.

The report projects a 5-7.5 degree increase in average temperature across the United States by the end of the century, making recent record-setting years for high temperatures common. Every corner of the United States has been, and will be, effected. And in Alaska and the Arctic the rate of temperature increase is accelerating more rapidly, twice as fast as the national average:

“It is very likely that the accelerated rate of Arctic warming will have a significant consequence for the United States due to accelerating land and sea ice melting that is driving changes in the ocean including sea level rise threatening our coastal communities.”

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What can you do?

If you think climate change is real, that taxpayer-funded climate science should be publicly available, or that combatting climate change must be a policy priority, use the Take Action button to let your reps know.

If you think climate change is a hoax, or that the federal government should not be spending money on scientific research that documents climate change, or the administration’s current prioritization of economic concerns above all else is the right course for the country, use the Take Action button to let your reps know.

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— Asha Sanaker

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  • Vanessa
    08/08/2017
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    Some people may think they rule over us, but the planet belongs to the world population and therefore should be above politics. It's time the people take back our government and vote our say in what takes place.

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  • Mary
    08/08/2017
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    This report is mandated and paid for by our tax dollars. We have the right and the obligation to read the report and to inform further action. Our elected officials have the obligation to present the real science in a true and timely fashion.

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  • PLD
    08/08/2017
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    Accurate Climate change information is a right for all of the public to know. Never mind the propaganda currently being either blocked or spewed by the current GOP!

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  • Gregory
    08/08/2017
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    Help stop climate change no matter what cost!

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  • HockeyGuy
    08/08/2017
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    Yes, climate change is real and we deserve to be kept informed by the scientific community. Climate change affects the entire planet, let's not allow politics from the world's largest corporations dictate what is reported to us.

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  • Jerry
    08/08/2017
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    Anything and everything that affects our well being should be reported to us. Climate change affects all of us as a whole...

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  • Lori
    08/08/2017
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    You are responsible not only for today's population but tomorrow's as well. Do the right thing!

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  • Susan
    08/08/2017
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    Scientific reports generated by governmental agencies should absolutely be available to public. The reports BELONG TO the citizens of this country whose tax dollars have paid for same.

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  • Ticktock
    08/08/2017
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    The fact that this Administration and Republicans in Congress support an agenda that denies climate change and that the activities of humans are largely the cause is an example of their ignorance. Science should be the search for truth and once discovered displayed for all freely. This Administration's disagreement with science is largely based on economics and greed rather than science. Protecting the environment is costly but then so is saving the lives of the worlds populations including those who so brazenly choose to ignore climate science. There are many studies that tout facts contradicting evidence supporting changing climate but these facts result from studies produced by industries that would stand to loose economically like the hydrocarbons industry. These are not supported by mainstream science but are supported by those that have a vested interest in the status quo. We must, if we are to survive, prepare for major changes in our climate. We will pay whatever price is required either to prepare or to adjust after the fact. Either way we will be forced to change or die.

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  • AlexaB
    08/08/2017
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    THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS.

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  • David
    08/08/2017
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    Duh. This affects all whether we like *or agree with* it or not. This is our home. Not to squander, but to allow to flourish along with us and nature. So tell someone. Ride a bike. Recycle. Do something. Anything. Please.

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  • Charles
    08/08/2017
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    This climate report should made available to all the World. US tax payers paid for the report and have a right to see it in full!

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  • Taylor
    08/08/2017
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    We have a natural right to know the truth about our current climate, the changes happening, and how we as people and as a society can curb this. Government should NOT stand in the way of uniform consensus from any scientific community or body of research. We spend tax dollars to provide us insights into our world, and how to improve it, not so that representatives and lobbyists who are uneducated and untrained in these fields of research can politic about our future and the future of the planet. Leave the scientific community be, and allow unfettered public access to all of their research!

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  • S
    08/08/2017
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    It doesn't matter what Trump believes or doesn't believe. He is untrustworthy as are his cabinet members who have influence over climate change. Since when did we ignore science and believe uneducated individuals. If Trump had said Flint, Michigan's water was perfectly fine to drink and scientists were wrong in saying it was contaminated would the govt have interfered to prevent remediation by the state? The Pres doesn't get to decide between science and his personal beliefs and that's all they are--his personal beliefs. He also believes exercising depletes one's allotted energy quotient even though medical science says otherwise. Should we stop exercising then? Is that what the HHS should support? Dump Trump's beliefs.

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  • Buck
    08/08/2017
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    It ought to be taught in science class. Mandatory.

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  • David
    08/08/2017
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    Climate change is real. While we can debate what is causing the climate change, there is no doubt that the climate is changing, becoming more warm and that there are deep implications to this change. If we don't act to understand and control the degree of the warming climate there's also no doubt that we will have catastrophic outcomes. The public must know, and we must take climate change seriously.

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  • Margaret
    08/08/2017
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    Absolutely the public should know about what ALL of our governmental climate scientists have to say. My brother gave his entire career working with scientists all over the world under the arm of the Department of Energy. It is staggering that our public servants would want anything else regardless of party affiliation.

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  • Starrpotts
    08/09/2017
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    Thanks for leaking this report! This is vitally important. If we aren't blown up first through nuclear war, climate change has the greatest capacity to wipe us out if we do nothing and don't reverse or slow this trend. This is serious. Let's stop playing politics with our lives and the precious resources of our earth.

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  • Max
    08/08/2017
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    We, the people, demand transparency of government in order to form a more perfect union. When climate science becomes available it must not be discredited by private interests and made available to the public. As voters and citizens, we control what the government does with the environment- not big corporations.

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  • Candi
    08/08/2017
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    Please protect us our children and our children's children. We can no longer turn a blind eye. Every effort must be made to protect our planet.

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