another move to reverse President Obama’s “climate change” agenda,
President Trump shut down an advisory committee under the direction of
NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment
was formed by President Obama in 2015 to help the business community,
government officials and the general public understand the National
Climate Assessment, noted H. Sterling Burnett, a research fellow at the Heartland Institute, a think tank based in suburban Chicago.
document is a U.S. government multiagency periodic assessment of
climate science and policy recommendations that is required by the
Global Change Research Act of 1990. The advisory committee, however, is
a campaign promise, Trump has withdrawn from the Paris climate
agreement and rescinded dozens of Obama’s climate-related executive
orders and regulations. The EPA also has decided not to renew the
appointments of dozens of scientists on various scientific advisory
The Paris agreement committed the United States to
reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels
Benjamin Friedman, the acting director of NOAA,
announced the closing of the climate committee shortly before its
renewal deadline expired Aug. 20.
The 15-member panel of
environmental activist groups, public officials, lawyers, sociologists,
corporate representatives and scientists was chaired by Richard Moss, a
former vice president and managing director for climate change at the
World Wildlife Fund activist group.
The Heartland Institute cited
E. Calvin Beisner, founder and national spokesman for the Cornwall
Alliance, saying the climate committee lacked a balance of scientific
Beisner contended it was formed largely to promote Obama’s
climate policies, arguing it lacked representation from “those who think
the empirical evidence points to human actions contributing little to
global warming and that attempting to reduce it would slow the conquest
of poverty around the world.”
“Trump’s decision is in keeping with
his determination to bring better balance to federal consideration of
such issues,” Beisner said.
Paul Driessen, a senior policy analyst
with the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, said Trump’s decision
puts sound science above politically motivated advocacy.
many other ‘scientific advisory’ committees during the Obama years, this
one was populated with ‘experts’ who could be counted on to put aside
their professional analytical abilities and obligations and simply
rubberstamp politicized thinking on supposedly dangerous manmade climate
change,” Driessen said. “Its entire focus was on greenhouse gases,
especially carbon dioxide, the plant-fertilizing miracle molecule that
makes life on Earth possible.”
Driessen observed the members
“rarely acknowledged the role fluctuations in solar energy output,
cosmic rays, ocean currents, atmospheric water vapor levels, and other
powerful natural forces play in climate change.”