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New report reveals how Trump’s anti-science views are warping government’s vital research

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Under President Donald Trump, the U.S. government will be largely rolling back efforts to seriously grapple with the coming dangers posed by climate change, a report in the New York Times revealed Monday.

The report explained:

In the next few months, the White House will complete the rollback of the most significant federal effort to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, initiated during the Obama administration. It will expand its efforts to impose Mr. Trump’s hard-line views on other nations, building on his retreat from the Paris accord and his recent refusal to sign a communiqué to protect the rapidly melting Arctic region unless it was stripped of any references to climate change.

And, in what could be Mr. Trump’s most consequential action yet, his administration will seek to undermine the very science on which climate change policy rests.

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Trump officials are directing the many of the administration’s researchers and scientists to severely restrict their modeling of climate change and global warming going forward. Instead of projecting possible climate scenarios up through 2100, the administration will cut the models off at 2040, at which point many of the most extreme effects of climate change are unlikely to have been felt.

While the administration argues that this is a prudent move to improve the “accuracy” of the models, it’s clear that it’s driven by the GOP”s ideological commitment to denying the reality of climate change and the impact of carbon emissions. And experts in climate science, both in the United States and across the world, recognize that these expanded models are vital for understanding the future — and what must be done to limit the damage. Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton professor of geosciences and international affairs, told the Times that ignoring the worst case scenarios is “like designing cars without seatbelts or airbags.” And without the U.S. government involved in these efforts, valuable scientific findings might be delayed or missed.

There may be practical, legal reasons why the administration is taking these steps. The report noted that the administration is facing legal challenges to some of its rollback of environmental regulation, and the lawsuits cite the administration’s own climate studies as evidence that the regulatory efforts are ill-advised in light of the threat. If the administration stymies the science, it may be able to avoid some legal troubles as it frees up polluters to run wild.

As for Trump personally, the report suggested that he is not so much a committed soldier in this ideological struggle over climate change than he is an all-purpose right-wing troll:

Mr. Trump is less an ideologue than an armchair naysayer about climate change, according to people who know him. He came into office viewing agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency as bastions of what he calls the “deep state,” and his contempt for their past work on the issue is an animating factor in trying to force them to abandon key aspects of the methodology they use to try to understand the causes and consequences of a dangerously warming planet.

For Mr. Trump, climate change is often the subject of mockery. “Wouldn’t be bad to have a little of that

good old fashioned Global Warming right now!” he posted on Twitter in January when a snowstorm was freezing much of the country.

His views are influenced mainly by friends and donors like Carl Icahn, the New York investor who owns oil refineries, and the oil-and-gas billionaire Harold Hamm — both of whom pushed Mr. Trump to deregulate the energy industry.

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‘Dead wrong’: House Dems release scathing rebuttal to White House’s widely panned legal brief

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The Trump White House's latest defense of the president ahead of his impending impeachment trial has been widely panned, and has even sparked speculation that Trump himself had a hand in writing it due to its low-grade legal analysis.

A legal brief filed by President Donald Trump's lawyers late last week called impeachment proceedings "constitutionally invalid," even though impeachment is literally a part of the Constitution, and also accused Democrats of engaging in a "brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election," even though Vice President Mike Pence would take over in the event that Trump was removed by the Senate.

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White nationalist speaker heckled for denying Holocaust at Virginia gun march: ‘You are literally a neo-Nazi’

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A white nationalist speaker who has been affiliated with neo-Nazi rhetoric was caught on video denying the Holocaust at a pro-Second Amendment march in Richmond, Virginia.

The remarks were made by former Proud Boy Jovanni Valle, who goes by the name Jovi Val. Video clips of Valle's speech were shared on Twitter by writer Robert Evans.

"You wear a swastika and walk down the street," a man can be heard telling Valle. "You took it off and now you are like, oh no. You are denying the existence of the Holocaust."

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‘Not supposed to be that way!’ Bitter Trump whines about Senate possibly letting John Bolton testify

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President Donald Trump on Monday whined about the Senate potentially letting former national security adviser John Bolton testify during his impeachment trial.

"They didn’t want John Bolton and others in the House," the president wrote on Twitter. "They were in too much of a rush. Now they want them all in the Senate. Not supposed to be that way!"

In reality, the House impeachment investigators tried to get Bolton to testify during their inquiry, but he refused to appear unless he got legal clearance to do so. However, Bolton has now offered to testify before the Senate even though he did not comply with House requests to do the same.

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