White House blocked intelligence agency’s written testimony calling climate change ‘possibly catastrophic’

 

Government analyst resigns over blocked climate change testimony: reports

A State Department analyst has resigned after White House officials blocked his written testimony to a congressional panel citing evidence that climate change poses a national security threat, according to Wednesday reports.

The analyst, Rod Schoonover, resigned in protest and Friday will be his last day, according to State Department officials who spoke to The Wall Street Journal.

 

In his 12-page prepared testimony, reviewed by The Washington Post, Schoonover detailed how rising greenhouse gas emissions raise global temperatures and acidify oceans. 

President Trump has publicly downplayed — and outright denied — the existence of climate change, at one point suggesting it was a hoax invented by the Chinese. In 2017, he pulled the U.S. out of the international Paris climate accord.

White House officials barred a State Department intelligence agency from submitting written testimony this week to the House Intelligence Committee warning that human-caused climate change is “possibly catastrophic.” The move came after State officials refused to excise the document’s references to federal scientific findings on climate change.

Officials from the White House’s Office of Legislative Affairs, Office of Management and Budget and National Security Council all raised objections to parts of the testimony that Rod Schoonover, who works in the Office of the Geographer and Global Issues, prepared to present on the bureau’s behalf for a hearing Wednesday.

White House officials took aim at the document’s scientific citations, which refer to work conducted by federal agencies including NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The document lays out in stark detail the implications of what the administration faces in light of rising carbon emissions that the world has not curbed.

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