Trump to Discuss Plans to Challenge Climate Change Data, Report Reveals
President to meet with top advisors to discuss plans to counter current data
Presdient Donald Trump is reportedly planning to meet with senior advisors to discuss challenging current Climate Change data, according to reports.
A "source familiar with the matter" revealed that President Trump is scheduled to meet with a team of White House officials on Wednesday discuss creating a commission to scrutinize current climate change research, according to a report by the Daily Caller.
Senior National Security Council (NSC) officials William Happer and John Bolton will press Trump to challenge major climate change reports, such as last year’s National Climate Assessment, the report reveals.
The source, who reportedly spoke on condition of anonymity, said the plan is to issue an executive order to create a climate commission within the NSC, should Trump agree.
The White House has not confirmed the reports publically, and with uprising and unrest in Venezuela, such a meeting may likely be postponed, however.
According to the Daily Caller, the source added that National Economic Council head Larry Kudlow and Kelvin Droegemeier, a climatologist who heads the Office of Science & Technology Policy, will be among those meeting with Trump to argue against creating a climate commission.
Happer, a Princeton physicist, has pushed for Trump to create a commission to scrutinize U.S. military and intelligence claims that global warming is a national security threat.
Happer was brought on to the NSC in September to analyze emerging technologies.
Happer’s plan is similar to the failed effort spearheaded by former Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt to hold a “red team” exercise to debate climate science.
Pruitt’s plan was heavily criticized and eventually abandoned.
Likewise, Happer’s push for a climate commission has been viciously attacked by politicians and environmentalists. House Democrats opposed Happer’s push for a climate panel, saying his intent was to undermine the “consensus.”
The Democratic chairs of four house committees wrote to Trump over “recent reports that the National Security Council (NSC) is planning to assemble a secret panel, led by a discredited climate change denier, to undermine the overwhelming scientific consensus on the nature and threats of climate change.”
Many conservative activists, on the other hand, have come out in favor of setting up a commission to scrutinize climate claims, including nearly 140 groups and experts who sent a letter of support to Trump in March.
“We suggest that climate science requires at least the same level of scrutiny as the engineering employed in building a bridge or a new airplane,” conservatives wrote to Trump.
“If the defenders are confident that the science contained in official reports is robust, then they should welcome a review that would finally put to rest the doubts that have been raised,” conservatives wrote.
“On the other hand, their opposition could be taken as evidence that the scientific basis of the climate consensus is in fact highly suspect and cannot withstand critical review,” conservatives wrote.
Happer sits on the board of the CO2 Coalition, a group of scientists and policy experts who think carbon dioxide will end up being a net benefit to the planet by stimulating plant growth.
“I like to call this the CO2 anti-defamation league,” Happer said at a conservative conference in 2016, “because there is the CO2 molecule, and it has undergone decade after decade of abuse, for no reason.”
Most climate scientists probably disagree with Happer on the benefits of warming, but NASA satellites have observed so-called “global greening” over the past three decades, which experts attribute largely to CO2 emissions.