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Sierra Leone : Sierra Club Demands Basis for Wheelers Claim that Most Climate Consequences are 50 to 75 years out.

The Sierra Club filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request demanding that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) produce any records it has supporting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheelers assertion that most of the threats from climate change are 50 to 75 years out.

Wheelers claim directly contradicts the body of reputable scientific evidence, including the Trump administrations own recent National Climate Assessment, authored by scientists from 13 federal agencies including the EPA. Among the Assessments many findings, Earths climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization, primarily as a result of human activities, The impacts of global climate change are already being felt in the United States, and Observations collected around the world provide significant, clear, and compelling evidence that global average temperature is much higher, and is rising more rapidly, than anything modern civilization has experienced, with widespread and growing impacts (Introduction, Pg. 34, 36).

Wheeler, a coal lobbyist prior to working for the Trump administration, made the false claim during his first nationally televised network interview with CBS News after confirmation to his cabinet level post.

Andrew Wheelers deceitful comments, clearly designed to confuse the public, are directly contradicted by the Trump administrations own National Climate Assessment, said Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune. The United States government, the governments of the entire world, and scientific consensus all agree that the consequences of the climate crisis are severe, they are being felt now, they are worsening, and they will be much worse if we do not act immediately.

Sierra Club Attorney Matthew Miller, who filed the FOIA request, added: We are confident that EPAs response to this request will reveal that Wheelers assertion was unsupported by science and is inconsistent with the research and conclusions of the U.S. governments career scientists. We are prepared to hold Wheeler and EPA accountable in court if the agency fails to respond fully and timely to this request as required by law.

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Date:Apr 25, 2019
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