Former-president Bush, in the waning days of his “administration” buried the release of four critical climate change reports until the Friday before the 2009 Inauguration of President Obama. It isn’t surprising that the most science-hating “administration” of all time stalled their release for months – until after the election; until the weekend before President Obama officially took power.
As I wrote above, these reports are indeed critical. They are:
Final Report of Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.1 (Coastal Sensitivity to Sea-Level Rise: A Focus on the Mid-Atlantic Region)
Final Report of Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.2(Thresholds of Climate Change in Ecosystems)
Final Report of Synthesis and Assessment Product 2.3 (Aerosol properties and their impacts on climate)
Final Report of Synthesis and Assessment Product 1.2 (Past Climate Variability and Change in the Arctic and at High Latitudes)
As Joseph Romm, the writer of the Grist article writes, the American public deserves to know what the latest science says about climate change. One paper I read recently about abrupt climate change warns us that once the climate system passes certain thresholds, climate change effects can take place over wide regions very quickly. Those effects won’t manifest slowly over the next 100 years. They could happen at any time, faster than anybody is currently prepared to respond to. I hope president Bush and his climate change denying buddies haven’t forced us into an untenable future. I hope President Obama and his climate change realist friends realize the dangers involved and respond appropriately.