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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #450 on: November 22, 2018, 06:18:59 AM »
Buried? Feds To Release Major Climate Report Day After Thanksgiving
https://amp.usatoday.com/amp/2080298002



The federal government will release a major climate change report – Volume II of the National Climate Assessment – on Black Friday, typically one of the slowest news days of the year.

Volume II is expected to detail a range of current and future climate change impacts and again warn that the Earth is warming, humans are the cause, and the already serious impacts – such as the current California wildfires – are only going to get worse, Climate Central said.

It's unclear why the date was moved up. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced the Friday afternoon release on Wednesday -- the eve of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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... “It’s an absolute disgrace to bury the truth about climate impacts in a year that saw hundreds of Americans die during devastating climate-fueled megafires, hurricanes, floods, and algal blooms"  ...

... President Donald Trump, a repeated skeptic of climate change, took to Twitter on Wednesday night to again express his doubts, using the especially cold Thanksgiving [weather] forecast as an example.

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"Brutal and Extended Cold Blast could shatter ALL RECORDS - Whatever happened to Global Warming?" the president tweeted.



... Meteorologist Angela Fritz with the Capital Weather Gang asked: "Is there any way it could be buried more? How about New Years Eve at 9 pm, guys?" 

NOAA research meteorologist Harold Brooks also chimed in, tweeting, "Other than Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve, could there be a worse day of the year to release it?"


Another possible reason for releasing a report about global warming this Friday could be because the weather will be near-record cold in the heavily populated and media-saturated northeastern U.S.

Even after the Black Friday release was announced, the report's website said the "expected final publication" for the report is "December 2018."

The previous assessment, in 2014, was released by President Barack Obama with a huge rollout at the White House


White House pool reporters showed Trump arriving to his nearby exclusive golf club Wednesday morning just down the road from Mar-a-Lago, Trump International Golf Club, where he’ll be presumably hitting the links for a round of golf in South Florida’s 75-degree weather. The president did not have any public events scheduled for Thanksgiving day.
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #451 on: November 22, 2018, 09:00:04 AM »
Re:vox_mundi , oh, the conspiracy theories this change in publication date might induce!
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #452 on: November 23, 2018, 11:46:22 PM »
This is what he wanted to hide ...
https://nca2018.globalchange.gov

Climate Change Will Shrink US Economy and Kill Thousands, Government Report Warns
https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2018/11/23/health/climate-change-report-bn/index.html

A new US government report delivers a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impacts, saying the economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars -- or, in the worst-case scenario, more than 10% of its GDP -- by the end of the century.

The federally mandated study was supposed to come out in December but was released by the Trump administration on Friday, at a time when many Americans are on a long holiday weekend, distracted by family and shopping

Coming from the US Global Change Research Program, a team of 13 federal agencies, the Fourth National Climate Assessment Vol II was put together with the help of 1,000 people, including 300 leading scientists, roughly half from outside the government.

The report's findings run counter to President Donald Trump's consistent message that climate change is a hoax. 
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... The costs of climate change could reach hundreds of billions of dollars annually, according to the report. The Southeast alone will probably lose over a half a billion labor hours by 2100 due to extreme heat.

Farmers will face extremely tough times. The quality and quantity of their crops will decline across the country due to higher temperatures, drought and flooding. In parts of the Midwest, farms will be able to produce less than 75% of the corn they produce today, and the southern part of the region could lose more than 25% of its soybean yield.

...Wildfire seasons -- already longer and more destructive than before -- could burn up to six times more forest area annually by 2050 in parts of the United States. Burned areas in Southwestern California alone could double by 2050.

 Along the US coasts, public infrastructure and $1 trillion in national wealth held in real estate are threatened by rising sea levels, flooding and storm surges.

Energy systems will be taxed, meaning more blackouts and power failures, and the potential loss in some sectors could reach hundreds of billions of dollars per year by the end of the century, the report said.

The number of days over 100 degrees Fahrenheit will multiply; Chicago, where these days are rare, could start to resemble Phoenix or Las Vegas, with up to two months worth of these scorching-hot days.

By midcentury, it's likely that the Arctic will lose all sea ice in late summer, and that could lead to more permafrost thaw, according to the report. As the permafrost thaws, more carbon dioxide and methane would be released, amplifying human-induced warming, "possibly significantly."
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #453 on: November 24, 2018, 03:30:34 PM »
This is what he wanted to hide ...
https://nca2018.globalchange.gov

A new US government report delivers a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impacts, saying the economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars -- or, in the worst-case scenario, more than 10% of its GDP -- by the end of the century.

What an absolute joke! "Worst-case scenario"????? The worst-case scenario is total systemic collapse and mass casualties and mass migration.  And it is not an unlikely scenario without dramatic, unprecedented changes in almost everything we do.  This sort of soft-selling our existential dilemma is criminal.

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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #454 on: November 24, 2018, 04:22:55 PM »
This is what he wanted to hide ...
https://nca2018.globalchange.gov

A new US government report delivers a dire warning about climate change and its devastating impacts, saying the economy could lose hundreds of billions of dollars -- or, in the worst-case scenario, more than 10% of its GDP -- by the end of the century.

What an absolute joke! "Worst-case scenario"????? The worst-case scenario is total systemic collapse and mass casualties and mass migration.  And it is not an unlikely scenario without dramatic, unprecedented changes in almost everything we do.  This sort of soft-selling our existential dilemma is criminal.

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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #455 on: December 05, 2018, 06:23:04 PM »
Trump to Lift Carbon-Capture Mandate for New Coal Plants
https://phys.org/news/2018-12-trump-carbon-capture-mandate-coal-source.html

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The Trump administration will propose scrapping an Obama-era mandate that new coal-fired power plants use carbon-capture technology, removing a major barrier to constructing the facilities, according to a person familiar with the plans

The Environmental Protection Agency is slated to unveil the measure on Thursday, during an event at its headquarters in Washington

The EPA is set to assert that the requirement for carbon capture and storage technology fell short of a legal standard that it be "adequately demonstrated," mirroring an objection raised by power companies, coal miner Murray Energy Corp. and industry associations that have challenged the mandate in federal court.

The proposed replacement would raise allowable carbon dioxide emissions from new and modified coal power plants.

The move dovetails with the EPA's separate effort to dramatically weaken an Obama administration regulation limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. President Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to bring back coal jobs and lift regulations he said were throttling the U.S. economy.

Yet the effort is unlikely to bring about a coal power renaissance in the U.S., as utilities increasingly shift to cheap, cleaner burning natural gas and zero-emission renewables. Since 2010, power plant owners have either retired or announced plans to retire at least 630 coal plants in 43 states—nearly 40 percent of the U.S. coal fleet, according to data by the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity.

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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #456 on: December 29, 2018, 07:42:20 PM »
EPA staff morale hits rock bottom as Trump’s anti-science agenda takes hold
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Employee morale at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not improved since the departure of former administrator Scott Pruitt in July and, in fact, is worsening as President Donald Trump’s political appointees grow more entrenched inside the agency, EPA employees tell ThinkProgress.

In the first year of the Trump administration, rumors swirled about massive employee layoffs and the possible closure of regional offices. President Donald Trump’s dismissive attitude toward the use of science in developing rules and regulations contributed to fears among career employees about the agency veering away from its core mission.

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Contributing to the anxiety are concerns about the EPA’s implementation of a major reorganization plan. Career employees are worried the changes will lead to their transfers into new divisions. At the agency-wide level, they are concerned it will allow political appointees in Washington to exert tighter control over their work.

The employees are also stressed about their own job security after seeing so many of their colleagues leave since Trump took office. Furthermore, the Trump administration’s constant attacks on the value of science for fighting climate change and pollution have contributed to the rock-bottom morale. ...
https://thinkprogress.org/epa-employee-morale-trump-pruitt-wheeler-ff197297efd0/
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #457 on: January 11, 2019, 08:41:39 AM »
Current partial shutdown of governent offices is because of senate republicans, particularly by Mitch McConnell who wants to keep 800000 government workers without pay. This has unfortunately lead to decrease of available data sources here too.
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Re: Trump Administration Assaults on Science and the Environment
« Reply #458 on: January 16, 2019, 12:15:48 PM »
EPA at a 30-Year Low for Referring Pollution Cases for Criminal Prosecution
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2019/01/epa-at-a-30-year-low-for-referring-pollution-cases-for-criminal-prosecution/

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Polluters likely had a good year in 2018. According to numbers from advocacy group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER), the number of criminal pollution cases that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) referred to the Department of Justice for potential prosecution was lower in 2018 than it had been in 30 year

That's probably not because industry in America is becoming more environmentally conscious. PEER suggests the reason for the low number of referrals is that the EPA is only employing between 130 and 140 special agents in the agency's Criminal Investigation Division, less than the minimum 200 agents specified by the US Pollution Prevention Act of 1990. The EPA only referred 166 cases to the Justice Department in 2018. According to numbers from the Associated Press, referrals peaked in 1998, with 592 cases referred for prosecution. Throughout the George W. Bush presidency, referrals ranged somewhere between 300 and 450. Referrals dipped during the Obama presidency to a range between 200 and just over 400. Referrals have been on a downward trend since 2012.

Convictions on pollution-related grounds were also at a record low. Only 62 polluters were convicted in 2018, the lowest since 1992. Convictions numbers tend to follow referrals numbers.


On Tuesday, The Hill reported that the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) was also looking into low enforcement numbers at the EPA, specifically concerning abnormally low settlements made with polluters in 2017. In 2017, the EPA only collected $1.6 billion in penalties, down from $5.7 billion the prior year. 
Thank You Mr. Coal Industry Lobbyist ...
https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/01/15/opinions/andrew-wheeler-bad-choice-epa-kimmell/index.html

Best Government Money Can Buy: Koch Brothers
https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Koch_Brothers

https://cleantechnica.com/2018/12/17/who-is-behind-the-trump-war-on-fuel-economy-standards-the-new-york-times-says-it-knows/
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