The Trump administration has dissolved the federal advisory panel for the National Climate Assessment, according to reports.
The group, made up of scientists and policymakers, was tasked with incorporating the government’s climate analysis into long-term planning. The reports have shown the impact of human activity on rising global temperatures and natural disasters in the United States.
The move received scathing criticism from political leaders and activists alike.
Climate change is an existential threat to our city and our world, yet the president wants to reject common sense.https://t.co/I1PEHebcww— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) August 22, 2017
The consolidation of power continues. As does the blatant disregard for science and the environment. https://t.co/YgpnEGQyOQ— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) August 20, 2017
A spokeswoman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which established the panel in 2015, confirmed that the Department of Commerce would not renew the charter for the Sustained National Climate Assessment’s Federal Advisory Committee. The National Climate Assessment has been published three times since the passage of a 1990 law calling for such analysis. It's next review is due in 2018.
“Per the terms of the charter, the [committee] expired on August 20, 2017,” the emailed statement read. ”The Department of Commerce and NOAA appreciate the efforts of the Committee and offer sincere thanks to each of the Committee members for their service.”
“This is incredibly unfortunate for our country, and particularly the most vulnerable populations across the U.S.,” Maxine Burkett, a law professor at the University of Hawaii serving on the committee, wrote.
She continued: "Allowing our charter to lapse ends the process of providing recommendations on how to better support and strengthen our communities... “The work of our committee would have brought us closer to smart climate decisions on the ground and, with an equity lens, supported our communities to remain resilient together."
Says Richard Wright, the past chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Committee on Adaptation to a Changing Climate, “We need to work on updating our standards with good estimates on what future weather and climate extremes will be. I think it’s going to be a serious handicap for us that the advisory committee is not functional."
Trump, a climate change denier, has claimed that global warming is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012