"Really alarming" science of climate change facing challenge from Trump

White House to select federal scientists to reassess government climate findings sources say

"Really alarming" science of climate change facing challenge from Trump

According to news reports, the ad-hoc group is spearheaded by William Happer, a former physics professor at Princeton University who disagrees with the scientific consensus that climate change is real and human-caused.

The National Security Council initiative would include scientists who question the severity of climate impacts and the extent to which humans contribute to the problem, according to these individuals, who asked for anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

In 2003, the Pentagon commissioned a report to examine how an abrupt change in climate would affect America's defense capabilities: Its authors concluded that it "should be elevated beyond a scientific debate to a US national security concern". As per the Post, public records show that the group aimed to educate the public and government officials of the "important contribution made by carbon dioxide to our lives and the economy".

"In 2003, the Pentagon commissioned a report to examine how an abrupt change in climate would affect America's defense capabilities: Its authors concluded that it 'should be elevated beyond a scientific debate to a US national security concern, '" the Post said.

Apparently the group wouldn't even be analyzing intelligence community assessments of climate change from recent years, officials told the Post. "Everyone had a chance to review the reports before they were released by this administration ― and if they were part of a federal agency, they had multiple chances".

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At the meeting, officials reportedly said Trump was displeased at the release of the National Climate Assessment, the findings of which Democrats have used to push for a Green New Deal that calls for cuts to carbon emissions.

The White House is reportedly creating a task-force to reevaluate and scrutinize government climate findings.

Christopher Field, director of the Stanford Woods Institute who served on the National Academy of Sciences review panel for the scientific report that formed the basis of last year's climate assessment, said the committee met several times "to do a careful, page by page evaluation by the entire report".

The Post noted that even within the military - the branch of government that Republicans most revere - the science of climate change has always been accepted as fact, even under GOP administrations.

"Hopefully people can see that the science overwhelmingly points to our climate is changing", she said.

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