The White House excludes Trump-appointed scientists from climate report supervision


The Biden administration has removed Trump-appointed atmospheric scientist Betsy Weatherhead from her role in overseeing a comprehensive report on how climate change is affecting the United States. Washington post First reported on Monday.

Important reason: Weatherhead has not been dismissed, it has simply been reassigned to the US Geological Survey. This move represents the Biden administration’s efforts to remove Trump-era appointees from their scientific role. Per CNN..

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Caution: This move could cause further delays in the next edition of the National Climate Assessment, which Congress requires to be prepared every four years.

Big picture: Weatherhead First appointment to position in November I was surprised to see that she is a mainstream climate scientist and, unlike other Trump appointees, her work reflects that climate change is a serious threat.

  • However, Weatherhead allegedly clashed with some of the other officials involved in the “reporting direction,” according to the post.

What they are saying: Jane Rubchenko, chief executive officer of the White House’s climate change and ultimately the Weatherhead position, said in an interview Monday that the White House will make a “robust” and “effective” assessment. He said he was working on it.

  • “All I can really say is that Dr. Weatherhead’s details are over and she’s back in her home country, the USGS,” said Lubchenco, Deputy Director of Climate and Environment at the Office of Science and Technology Policy. I will. Said. “We are very grateful for her service.”

  • Lubchenco gave the following evaluation, Currently scheduled to be released in 2023, May be further delayed. “We will do everything we can to keep the schedule, but I don’t think we’ll see it yet,” she said.

Flashback: Last climate assessment published in 2018, Warning about increasingly harmful climate impacts In the United States, the potential for serious financial damage will increase in the coming decades.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with comments from Lubchenco.

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