>> A stunning show of defiance in Washington. Sources telling Reuters, the government scientist behind an explosive new climate report leaked it to the media, fearing Donald Trump's White House might try to water it down or kill it. The draft report obtained Monday by the New York Times, found greenhouse gas emission have driven temperatures in the US dramatically higher since 1980.
Directly contradicting Trump's frequent doubts that humans are behind the trend. The report is one element of the national climate assessment mandated by congress to be drafted every fourr years. Valerie Volcovici is following the story.>> President Trump has called climate change a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. Clearly he didn't see climate change as a priority for this administration.
Given the known views of the administration, the scientist were most likely keen to put it out, because they wanted people to know what was in it. Before political appointees of the Trump administration could intervene, just to try to avoid any kind of political tampering.>> The scientists end-run around the White House coming just days after Trump's administration officially notified the United Nations, it is withdrawing from the 200-nation Paris Climate Accords aimed at reigning in global emissions.
The White House offering no immediate comment on the report or the leak. But a diplomatic cable sent to State Department Employees by Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson on Friday, and obtained by Reuters shows a White House eager to move on from the Paris accords.>> The cable outlines talking points for state department officials on what the US role is in terms of combating climate change globally.
The cable basically stress that the United States is still committed to some kind of action on climate change, but it makes clear that it doesn't want to remain in the Paris Climate Agreement. It doesn't want to carry on the financial obligations promised by the previous administration. It signals that there is some interest in protecting the environment, but makes clear that, that interest shouldn't come at the price of US taxpayers.
>> The White House is facing an August 18th deadline for the official release of the climate report after a review by 13 federal agencies.