A New Climate Report Has Some Worried About The White House's Response

Aaron Brown
November 5, 2017

The report is called the Climate Science Special Report (CSSR), a 600-page first volume in the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4).

The U.S. government on Friday released a report on climate change that said there was "no convincing alternative explanation" for global warming besides human causes.

As previously covered by Futurism, the CSSR makes a very strong case about how climate change is a human-made phenomenon and it's "extremely likely" that the "dominant cause" of global warming has been human activity, the CSSR reads.

The report said average surface air temperature has increased around 1 Celsius over the last 115 years, between 1901-2016, and this period was recorded as the warmest in modern history.

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By 2050, the annual average temperature in the U.S.is forecast to rise by about 2.5 degrees Fahrenheit. It warned that sea levels could rise by as much as 8 feet by the year 2100. It sums up the most up-to-date science on the physical drivers of climate change, climate attribution, climate models and projections, changes in temperature and extreme weather, ocean acidification, and sea level rise, among other topics. Some say a "red team, blue team" exercise put forth by the Trump administration would undervalue that consensus and give credit to climate change deniers. The report is seen as a contradiction with Trump's rejection of climate science, with its decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on the matter, and with its actions to repeal a series of rules aimed at reducing emissions from greenhouse gases. In a March 2017 interview, Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, offered a damning assessment (or lack thereof) of the problems.

It said the USA was already experiencing increasing temperatures, precipitation levels and numbers of wildfires; that more than 25 US coastal cities were already experiencing flooding; and that there was no precedent in history with which these meteorological changes could be compared. And Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said glaciers in Montana's Glacier National Park started melting "right after the end of the Ice Age" and that it has "been a consistent melt".

The White House neither sought to prevent the report's release nor tried to alter its conclusions, The Washington Post reported, citing several administration officials and federal scientists. Since entering office, President Trump has worked to dismantle policies to address climate change, such as the Clean Power Plan, while at the same time bolstering support for fossil fuels.

Asked by TPM Friday why the White House signed off on the report - given its record of making policy around a skepticism of climate science - deputy press secretary Raj Shah focused on the report's disclaimer about "remaining uncertainty in the sensitivity of Earth's climate to [greenhouse gas] emissions".

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