There’s been no indication the Trump administration has tried to suppress or alter any of the findings of a soon-to-released climate change report, according to scientists working on the assessment.
“It was under the radar and we were fine about that,” one scientists involved in the report told The Associated Press in an article published Tuesday morning.
Three other report co-authors “have not heard of or witnessed any attempt by the White House to suppress or censor the scientific document,” reported the AP.
Sources involved in the report, which is part of the National Climate Assessment, “have seen no indication that the White House might suppress the scientific research,” reported Politico.
The New York Times ran a front page article on Tuesday claiming to have “obtained” a draft climate report some scientists feared the Trump administration would suppress. The report, which is part of the National Climate Assessment, found “[e]vidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans.
It turned out the draft report was actually available online, undercutting the narrative it could be censored by Trump officials. But even before then, climate scientists who worked on the report saw no evidence of interference by administration officials.
Nature reported about a week before TheNYT that “[a]lthough there have not yet been any signs of trouble, researchers are keeping a close eye on how the White House and federal agencies handle the science report.”
After TheNYT published its article, report authors were quick to point out the report hadn’t been delayed. The Trump administration had until August 18 to approve the report for public release.
The question is whether it will come out of review on schedule. So far, deadlines have not been missed.
— Bob Kopp (@bobkopp) August 8, 2017
The Trump administration plans on approving the climate report by the deadline and releasing it in the fall.
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