3 Articles on Trump and Republicans, climate change, and science

This NY Times article discusses how the Trump Administration is hardening its attack on climate science. President Trump has rolled back environmental regulations, pulled the United States out of the Paris climate accord, brushed aside dire predictions about the effects of climate change, and turned the term “global warming” into a punch line rather than a prognosis. Now, after two years spent unraveling the policies of his predecessors, Mr. Trump and his political appointees are launching a new assault.

This Mashable article discusses why the Trump admin really, really doesn’t want you to see this climate science. But the Trump administration no longer wants many federal scientists to consider longer-term consequences of saturating the atmosphere with the potent heat-trapping gas carbon dioxide, now likely at its highest level in millions of years. As The New York Times reported on Monday, the head of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) ordered the agency’s researchers to only project climate change impacts through 2040, as opposed to the end of the century. What’s more, The Times reported that the Trump administration might not include future high carbon emission scenarios (which are quite likely) in forthcoming climate reports, including the congressionally mandated National Climate Assessment — a major report closely reviewed by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

The third article discusses how the GOP is attacking fellow Republicans if they are changing their positions on global warming.

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