A draft government climate assessment The New York Times “obtained” and claims is not yet public has actually been available online since January, according to scientists who worked on the report.

The Times reportedly obtained a draft copy of the upcoming National Climate Assessment, quoting unnamed scientists who feared “the Trump administration could change or suppress the report.” The New York Times also reported that global warming skeptics were “equally worried that the draft report, as well as the larger [National Climate Assessment], will be publicly released.”


However, the draft assessment has been online since January. A couple of the scientists who worked on the National Climate Assessment took to Twitter to let people know the draft has been online for months, despite The New York Times’ reporting.

[“It’s very disappointing, yet entirely predictable to learn The New York Times would write off a draft report without first verifying its contents with the White House or any of the federal agencies directly involved with climate and environmental policy,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.]

This begs the question: How would President Donald Trump be able to suppress a publicly available draft report? Atmospheric scientist Ryan Maue pointed out the study has not been delayed, and the government only recently began looking for scientists to review the draft report.

The New York Times has not yet issued a correction on the story.

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