Trump administration organizes pushback against its own climate report

US President Donald Trump speaks during a post-election press conference on November 7, 2018.

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Donald Trump speaks during a post-election press conference on
November 7, 2018. (credit: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

Late last week, as the country would be focusing on antacids and
shopping, the Trump administration
released a report on climate change
prepared by its own
scientific agencies. The hope was that the report, and its
expectations of a huge financial and human toll, would be ignored,
and the administration could go back to pretending that it was
perfectly justified in pursuing policies like pulling out of the
Paris climate agreement and attempting to resuscitate coal.

That didn’t quite work out. Coverage of the report’s dramatic
conclusions about the pace and costs of climate change continued to
drive headlines over the weekend, and they were a featured topic on
Sunday news talk shows. As the following week arrived, Trump and
other officials were peppered with questions about the report.

But as the week unfolded, the administration stuck to a number
of different strategies in an attempt to disavow the work of its
own experts. And to further muddy the situation, television news
outlets handled the situation poorly, allowing themselves to be
used as a source of misinformation during their attempts to cover
the new report.

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Trump administration organizes pushback against its own climate report