'Leaked' Climate Report NYT Published Over Concerns Trump Would Suppress It Has Been Public For Months

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Aug 09, 2017 7:30 AM
'Leaked' Climate Report NYT Published Over Concerns Trump Would Suppress It Has Been Public For Months

The New York Times had a big scoop on Monday about a “blunt” climate change report scientists worried would be suppressed under the Trump administration.

The problem, however, is that the National Climate Assessment, a project of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, was not leaked. In fact, it was a non-story because the report has been made available to the public for more than six months.

The draft report by scientists from 13 federal agencies, which has not yet been made public, 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. A copy of it was obtained by The New York Times. […]

Another scientist involved in the process, who spoke to The New York Times on the condition of anonymity, said he and others were concerned that it would be suppressed. (NYT)

They went so far as to embed a full copy of the draft document presumably to ensure it wouldn't be suppressed. 

But the authors of the study brought it to the Times’s attention that what they reported was a big nothing burger.

Another co-author of the report noted it was not leaked.

When a reporter for the Times pushed back, saying the version they had has not yet been made public, the scientist explained there very little difference between the two copies.

When asked for comment about the story, the White House told Fox News it was predictable.

“As others have pointed out – and The New York Times should have noticed – drafts of this report have been published and made widely available online months ago during the public comment period,” the official said. “The White House will withhold comment on any draft report before its scheduled release date.”