A year ago, the United States’ public health authorities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warned that carbon dioxide was the main driver of climate change.
It was the first time a major government agency warned that climate change was real.
The warning came after a decade of growing evidence that carbon emissions from fossil fuels were contributing to a rise in the global average temperature, which in turn led to more extreme weather events and sea-level rise.
But despite the warning, the Trump White House, with its budget cuts, the rollback of environmental protections and the continued expansion of fossil fuel exploration and production, continued to advance policies that increase fossil fuel emissions, said Bill Hare, a climate scientist and director of the Center for Global Atmospheric Sciences.
“What we’re seeing now is the kind of politics that has already taken place,” he said.
“We are seeing Trump administration policies, which are taking money away from climate scientists and making it harder for them to get funding.”
The Trump administration also announced in May that the U.S. would begin cutting funding for research and development of new technologies that could mitigate climate change, including coal, gas and nuclear power.
It has also proposed to limit emissions from new and existing power plants and shut down coal-fired power plants.
The White House has called climate change a hoax, while the Trump transition team has repeatedly cited it as an example of a political “crisis.”
In a March 20 statement to the American Geophysical Union, the White House said it was “confident” that climate science is valid and that the “threat to the health and well-being of American families and the world is real.”
The administration also cited research showing that the impact of climate on the United Kingdom is “very, very real.”
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Energy Department, which provides energy policy advice to the Trump Administration, said in a statement to CNBC in April that it has not received any specific information from the Trump team that it would be cutting research and technology to mitigate climate changes.
A spokesman for the Department of Energy declined to comment.
The Trump transition did not respond to questions from CNBC about how the administration planned to proceed with climate policy.
The administration has also announced plans to roll back environmental protections.
In a May 9 White House meeting, Environment Secretary Ryan Zinke and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said they would propose a plan to slash regulations on power plants, and rescind President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, a plan that requires all new coal-powered power plants to get a green light before they could be built.
In addition, the administration is proposing to rescind the Waters of the United Nations rule, which requires nations to limit carbon pollution from their rivers and streams, and to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also is slated to eliminate its own scientific assessment of the climate effects of carbon dioxide emissions and the proposed Waters of Clean Air rule, according to a May 13 memo from the EPA’s Office of Environmental Policy.
Trump’s proposed budget cuts EPA funding by $2.4 billion, according the memo.
EPA scientists and experts have said that the Trump budget proposal does not go far enough in addressing climate change because the Trump plan also does not include any climate action.
The budget proposal would also cut the budget for the U!.
Climate Science Center, which serves as a clearinghouse for research on climate change and how to mitigate the effects of climate changes, by $735 million, according a May 15 memo from EPA’s Executive Office of Science and Technology.
The center’s budget would be reduced by $100 million.
“The Trump administration has not released any specific climate plan that would address climate change,” said Peter Gleick, a former EPA scientist and now an adviser to the nonprofit Climate Reality Project.
“Climate change is real and it is real bad for our economy, our health, and our future.”
Trump has repeatedly said he would not pursue a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade system that would raise money from carbon emissions.
Trump has proposed a carbon cap- and-trade scheme that would require businesses and individuals to purchase a price on carbon.
He also has proposed cutting EPA funding for its scientific advisory board, which advises the administration on environmental policy, by 30 percent, according, to a statement from the agency.
He has said he wants to end federal grants to the U.,S.
Agency for International Development, which supports climate research and education.
Trump also has suggested that climate research be defunded.
“Scientists are telling us that climate is real, that CO2 is a primary driver of global warming and that we must take action to slow it down,” Trump said during a May 20 news conference at the White National Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“I will tell you this, when I take office, I will not fund any federal research on this issue, no federal research whatsoever.
I will defund it.
I mean it’s a fact.”
The president has