In an internal memo, the White House considered whether to simply ‘ignore’ federal climate research

May 24, 2018

By Chris Mooney and Juliet Eilperin

White House officials last year weighed whether to simply “ignore” climate studies produced by government scientists or to instead develop “a coherent, fact-based message about climate science,” according to a memo obtained by The Washington Post.

The document, drafted Sept. 18 by Michael Catanzaro, President Trump’s special assistant for domestic energy and environmental policy at the time, highlights the dilemma the administration has faced over climate change since Trump took office. Even as Trump’s deputies have worked methodically to uproot policies aimed at curbing the nation’s carbon output, the administration’s agencies continue to produce reports showing that climate change is happening, is human-driven and is a threat to the United States.

Catanzaro, who prepared the memo for a meeting of senior White House and agency officials that took place a couple of days later, asked whether the Trump administration should “consider having a firm position on and a coherent, fact-based message about climate science — specifically, whether, and to what extent, anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are affecting the climate system, and what level of concern that warrants.”

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One comment on “In an internal memo, the White House considered whether to simply ‘ignore’ federal climate research”

  • @OP – White House officials last year weighed whether to simply “ignore” climate studies produced by government scientists

    I thought the evidence of appointments indicated that Trump appointed “officials” were incapable of reading reports on, let alone studying, climate science!

    or to instead develop “a coherent, fact-based message about climate science,” according to a memo obtained by The Washington Post.

    That sounds like a sick joke!
    They might as well ask the monkeys in the Bronx Zoo to develop “a coherent, fact-based message about climate science,” as asking the “alternative-facts” Trump-bunch in the White House!!



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