President Trump and the Environmental Protection Agency under Scott Pruitt do not want Americans to understand the dire consequences of climate change. President Trump has called it a Chinese hoax, and several Republicans have argued that since it still snows, climate change can’t be much of a problem. The depth of the Republican Party’s science denial coupled with its undying commitment to the fossil fuel industry is breathtaking — and even led to Trump withdrawing the United States from the historic Paris Climate Accord.
Now, a group of scientists has surreptitiously released a draft copy of the U.S. Global Change Research Program Climate Science Special Report to The New York Times. They did so because they were afraid that the Trump administration would suppress it.
From the draft report’s Introduction:
This report has yet to be “approved” by the EPA. It may not be. But the scientists did the right thing by making sure that this information was released to Americans and the broader global community.
Climate change isn’t and shouldn’t be considered a partisan issue. All of our children and grandchildren will have to live in the world that we leave them.