Government Scientists Just Leaked Dire Climate Change Report Before Trump Can Suppress It By Peter Mellado Published on August 7, 2017 Washington Journal Scientists from 13 federal agencies have leaked a draft report on climate change to the New York Times today, and its findings are dire. The report concludes that “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 the Times. The draft is awaiting review and approval by senior members of the Trump Administration, but scientists have leaked their draft to the press preemptively because they fear many of their conclusions will be scrubbed by the President’s staff before it’s published. Many even fear it will be censored, or even buried completely. Not since the days of Galileo have scientists feared the wrath of authorities simply for publishing the conclusions of their research. Those conclusions are out now, but the wrath may still come because many of their findings stand in direct opposition to the talking points this administration full of climate change deniers has been desperately trying to advance. ---- Congress mandates what’s called a National Climate Assessment every four years from the federal government. This report, completed this year, will form the basis of that larger assessment. The leaked draft has been reviewed and approved by the National Academy of Sciences, and only the Trump administration stands in the way of its publication. In other words, this isn’t an early, unedited draft hastily complied and leaked by rogue elements in the federal government with an ideological agenda. The science has been rigorously reviewed and confirmed by other scientists, and all that remains is the entirely political review by the administration. ---- From removing climate change from government websites to raising limits on greenhouse gas emissions, the Trump Administration has done its best to suppress government work and remove regulations that address climate change. The U.S Department of Agriculture has even begun censoring the term “climate change” from official department correspondence. Scientists, however, are not deterred. Like Galileo, they published their controversial findings anyway. Then, as now, the facts will, eventually, prevail.