NASA chief: ‘No reason to dismiss’ recent UN climate report

NASA chief: ‘No reason to dismiss’ recent UN climate report

The head of NASA bucked President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems MORE this week, saying that he sees no reason to reject the findings of a major climate change report from the United Nations.

Trump previously said he would review the dire report issued this month by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, but he was also skeptical of it.

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“It was given to me, and I want to look at who drew it,” he said. “Because I can give you reports that are fabulous, and I can give you reports that aren’t so good.”

By contrast, NASA Administrator Jim BridenstineJames (Jim) Frederick BridenstineMaking space exploration cool again In-space refueling vs heavy lift? NASA and SpaceX choose both From Apollo 11 to Artemis: This time when we go back to the moon, we are going to stay MORE, whose agency is at the forefront of studying climate change, said he accepts the report’s findings.

“I have no reason to dismiss the report at all," he told The Atlantic. "NASA is one agency on the planet that does more to inform the world on how the climate is changing than any other agency, and we’re going to continue to do that."

But Bridenstine, who was nominated by Trump, gave no indication he would push Republicans to agree with him — and the majority of scientists — on climate change.

“My role is to deliver dispassionate science and allow policy makers to have these debates about it,” he said when asked about discussing the report with his GOP colleagues.

“Look, if I start engaging in what to do about the science that we receive, then it politicizes what NASA is all about, and we don’t want to do that," he added. "All we’re going to do is study the planet and make sure that all of that data and all of that science is made available to the public.”

The report found that the Earth would suffer dire consequences, such as sea level rise and drought, by 2040 if greenhouse gas emissions continue on their current trajectory. The report gave world leaders until 2030 to dramatically cut emissions and avoid the worst consequences.

Bridenstine, a former GOP congressman from Oklahoma, has undergone somewhat of a transformation on climate. He was previously skeptical that human activity via greenhouse gas emissions is the main cause of global warming, but he has since endorsed the scientific consensus view.