Trump officials thwarting climate science: Report

May 29, 2019, 8:19 AM EDT
(Source: Jeanne Menjoulet/flickr)
(Source: Jeanne Menjoulet/flickr)

Not long ago, a newly discovered blind amphibian was named “Dermophis donaldtrumpi” after U.S. President Donald Trump, whose brazen denial of climate change bears a striking resemblance with the creature’s behavior of burying its head in the sand, oblivious of the harsh reality.

Unfortunately, the President and his administration not only snub the science behind damning reports of climate crisis but are actively pursuing a silent and aggressive campaign to derail the efforts aimed at revealing the severity of a looming climate catastrophe, notes The New York Times. After rolling back a raft of environmental regulations and withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris climate accord, Trump is attacking the science that forms the base of green policies.

For example, the director of the United States Geological Survey has ordered his office to prepare the assessments of the future of a rapidly heating planet only through 2040, and not through the end of the century. Climate scientists warn this could be a mistake, as such models would not capture and manifest the worst consequences of carbon emissions, which they claim will be felt after 2040.

Putting such a restraint on National Climate Assessment (NCA) to align the science with its own policies is Trump administration’s “blatant attempt to politicize the science,” said Woods Hole Research Center President Philip B. Duffy, reports Eco Watch.