by William Teach | August 21, 2017 7:22 am
It sounds more doomy if you term it “disbands” rather than “not renewing”, a notion not lost lost on either the Washington Post (which uses lots and lots of fossil fuels and energy to produce and distribute its tree killing edition) or The Hill, with it’s follow up article. Here’s the WP sounding more like Vox
The Trump administration just disbanded a federal advisory committee on climate change
The Trump administration has decided to disband the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, a group aimed at helping policymakers and private-sector officials incorporate the government’s climate analysis into long-term planning.
The charter for the 15-person Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment — which includes academics as well as local officials and corporate representatives — expires Sunday. On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s acting administrator, Ben Friedman, informed the committee’s chair that the agency would not renew the panel.
Going by definitions of disband in multiple dictionaries, you could very charitably term that disbanding, but, really, Trump didn’t. He just let the charter lapse.
The National Climate Assessment is supposed to be issued every four years but has come out only three times since passage of the 1990 law calling for such analysis. The next one, due for release in 2018, already has become a contentious issue for the Trump administration.
If it’s so unimportant that it has only be produced half the time (there should have been 6), then we do not really need to waste time on a highly political government document, do we.
The committee was established to help translate findings from the National Climate Assessment into concrete guidance for both public and private-sector officials. Its members have been writing a report to inform federal officials on the data sets and approaches that would best be included, and chair Richard Moss said in an interview Saturday that ending the group’s work was shortsighted.
A government panel pushing pro-government policies. And rarely includes all the science, just the pro-anthropogenic one.
The Hill includes this tidbit
The news comes as the Trump administration continues to face backlash for its policies on climate change, which many have labeled as skeptical.
Backlash from people who refuse to practice what they preach.
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