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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Trump junks panel on climate change

President Trump is disbanding a federal advisory panel on climate change, a panicked Juliet Eilperin of the Washington Post reported.

Oh no, The Donald is ending the gravy train.

From the Washington Post:
The charter for the 15-person Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment — which includes academics as well as local officials and corporate representatives — expires [today]. On Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s acting administrator, Ben Friedman, informed the committee’s chair that the agency would not renew the panel.
The National Climate Assessment is supposed to be issued every four years but has come out only three times since passage of the 1990 law calling for such analysis. The next one, due for release in 2018, already has become a contentious issue for the Trump administration.
A contentious issue for him, an end of the road for freeloading opportunists with doctorates.

This panel has been around for 28 years.

Polar bears flourish.

The Arctic ice cap is still there.

And Florida is not underwater.

From the article:
The committee was established to help translate findings from the National Climate Assessment into concrete guidance for both public and private-sector officials. Its members have been writing a report to inform federal officials on the data sets and approaches that would best be included, and chair Richard Moss said in an interview Saturday that ending the group’s work was shortsighted.
“It doesn’t seem to be the best course of action,” said Moss, an adjunct professor in the University of Maryland’s Department of Geographical Sciences, and he warned of consequences for the decisions that state and local authorities must make on a range of issues from building road projects to maintaining adequate hydropower supplies. “We’re going to be running huge risks here and possibly end up hurting the next generation’s economic prospects.”
Here is who Moss is:
Richard H. Moss is a Senior Scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Joint Global Change Research Institute and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Geographical Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park. Moss’s research on global environmental change focuses on (1) scenarios (including the Representative Concentration Pathways (RCPs), (2) uncertainty characterization in integrated models and scientific assessments, and (3) methods for evaluating potential consequences of interacting societal and environmental changes. Moss has held several public service positions including Director of the US Global Change Research Program/Climate Change Science Program Office (spanning the Clinton and G.W. Bush Administrations) and technical support director for one of the working groups of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Moss chairs the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained US National Climate Assessment and the National Academy of Science's Board on Environmental Change and Society. He is a fellow of the American Society for the Advancement of Science, a National Associate of the National Research Council, and a Distinguished Associate of the US Department of Energy. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in public and international affairs.
His doctorate is not in science.

It is in politics ("public and international affairs").

This fellow has been riding the pseudo science wave for three decades now. Bet he makes far more than a congressman does.

And two centuries ago, he would have advocated using phrenology to prevent crime.


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  1. In keeping with recent WoPa tradition, this dissolution of a bureaucratic committee is just short of a crime.

    However, if the members had walked out because of President Trump's comment over Charlotteville...

  2. Dissolution of this committee is lonnnnnnnnnnnng

  3. Ha ha ha ha ha! The schadenfreude is delicious. Maybe he can swing a gig at a liberal arts college. Otherwise, his best opportunity will be if a job opens up at McDonald's. Okay, everybody, on three: One, two, three..."YOU'RE FIRED!" - Elric

  4. Meanwhile a few leaves are already yellow up here in Montana and there has been no sign of the longer growing season we were promised.

    1. Warms my heart, MK, with your news from Big Sky Country. No pun intended. I remember the year a minor league baseball game in Butte got postponed. In August. Because of snow. No place else like MT. Love that state.

  5. Amazing that so many actually believes all this climate nonsense.The climate does what it damn well likes . Always has and always will.

    1. You think they "believe"? You don't know them well. It's a path to power. It's Bolshevism by any mean necessary.

  6. Keep going DJT and Co. Junk all of this fraudulent 'climate science' junk. It is a complete ripoff of the taxpayer and maybe the biggest science fraud in history. Where is all this warmth? Not in DC, we did not hit 100 here nor have we in the past 5 years. No Cat 3 or greater hurricane has hit the US since 2005. Where is all this sea level rise? Shut down this junk let Moss go get a job at Home Depot. I thought the science was settled, anyway. Fine it's settled then, we're done. Government science is junk science.

  7. I love this guy!

    I just hope he gets to replace a few more SC justices before the liberals on his staff gain sway over his opinion.

    C'mon Ruthie! New Zealand is calling!

  8. My doctorate *is* in science (chemistry) and my analysis of the climate data is that there's nothing to worry about. Real world ECS is lower than 1 C/doubling of pCO2, which is harmless. But then no one has paid me for this analysis.