US Diplomats Advised to Give Generalized Answers to Paris Climate Deal Questions

Aaron Brown
August 10, 2017

The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years.

The U.S. State Department is advising its diplomats to sidestep questions from foreign governments about the Trump administration's stance on the Paris climate deal.

President Donald Trump has spent the first six months of his presidency pushing back against evidence that human activity accelerates climate change, and government scientists worry his administration could try to suppress a study that offers pretty irrefutable evidence to the contrary. According to the document, U.S. citizens are now feeling the effects of climate change, a phenomenon questioned or minimized by the president himself and members of his cabinet.

If current trends of greenhouse gas emissions continue, temperatures across the USA will likely continue to rise, with a projected increase of 5 to 7.5 degrees Fahrenheit (2.8 to 4.8 degrees Celsius), The New York Times reported.

The report, which has been endorsed by the National Academy of Sciences, says it is "extremely likely" humans have been the chief cause of the global warming since the middle of the last century.

The old webpage, which is backed up online and was in existence for more than 20 years, explained the basics of what causes climate change and how it affects human health, among other key pieces of basic scientific information. Just as importantly, if Team Trump demands changes to the report, we'll know that, too.

The climate-science community fears the Trump administration will suppress the report. President Trump and his cabinet have made their views on climate change clear, with the President announcing earlier this year that America is to withdraw from the Paris agreement.

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The report is published every four years under the National Climate Assessment.

The Times also reported one of the more significant parts of the study is the finding that it's possible to attribute extreme weather to climate change, a field that has advanced in response to increasing weather risks.

Trump has called climate change a hoax, tweeting in 2012, "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive".

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna would not comment on the USA report.

But Kopp, one of the authors, pointed out in his tweets about the New York Times story that the White House hasn't missed its August 18 review deadline yet. The New York Times published the report this morning after obtaining a copy (a full copy of which appears below).

Whether the Trump administration releases the report remains to be seen. It is headed by Scott Pruitt, who has said that he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary factor in global warming.

In an an interview last November with the New York Times Trump said there was "some connectivity" between human actions and climate change, but said he was unsure "if anybody is ever going to really know" for sure.

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