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.