Wednesday, August 9, 2017

An Inconvenient Sequel

“Here is the truth: The Earth is round; Saddam Hussein did not attack us on 9/11; Elvis is dead; Obama was born in the United States; and the climate crisis is real.” — Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States

THE NEW YORK TIMES has obtained a final draft of a report on climate change written by scientists from 13 federal agencies. The report, part of the National Climate Assessment mandated by Congress every four years, has not yet been made public.

According to the Times, The National Academy of Sciences has signed off on the draft and the authors are awaiting permission from the Trump administration to release it, but they're afraid the White House will suppress it. This comes on the heals of Trump's calamitous decision to pull out of the historic Paris Climate Agreement

I've attached the intro to the Times article below as well as a link to the entire piece.

Coincidentally, or perhaps not, a documentary produced by former Vice President Al Gore, a sequel to his 2006 award-winning movie An Inconvenient Truth, was released July 28, 2017. An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power continues what has been a nearly life-long commitment by Mr. Gore, begun while he was a college student, to sound the alarm about climate change and work to combat it.

Mr. Gore has been making the rounds of the media and late night shows promoting this newest movie. He was interviewed by Terry Gross on Fresh Air August 2. 

I've attached a link for you to listen to it. It's worth hearing. I admit that I'm still mad at him for not fighting harder to claim the presidency in 2000 since he was, after all, the winner of the popular vote, but my gut reaction as I listened was overwhelming sadness. He is so intelligent and so thoughtful and so measured. How different would this country be right now if he'd become president instead of the shrub?!

Scientists Fear Trump Will Dismiss Blunt Climate Report

By Lisa Friedman

August 7, 2017

WASHINGTON — The average temperature in the United States has risen rapidly and drastically since 1980, and recent decades have been the warmest of the past 1,500 years, according to a sweeping federal climate change report awaiting approval by the Trump administration.

The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies concludes that Americans are feeling the effects of climate change right now. It directly contradicts claims by President Trump and members of his cabinet who say that the human contribution to climate change is uncertain, and that the ability to predict the effects is limited.

“Evidence for a changing climate abounds, from the top of the atmosphere to the depths of the oceans,” a draft of the report states. It was uploaded to a nonprofit internet digital library in January but received little attention until it was published by The New York Times.

The authors note that thousands of studies, conducted by tens of thousands of scientists, have documented climate changes on land and in the air.

Click Here to Read the Entire Article

Click Here to Hear Al Gore Interviewed on Fresh Air

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