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White House ‘undercutting evidence' of climate crisis, says analyst who resigned

Rod Schoonover, who was an intelligence analyst for 10 years, said the Trump administration halted his report on global heating

Firefighters control the Tollgate canyon fire as it burns near Wanship, Utah, on 30 July 2018. Photograph: Rick Egan/AP

A former senior government analyst has accused the Trump administration of “undercutting evidence” of the threat to national security from the climate crisis after his report on the issue was blocked by the White House.

Rod Schoonover, who worked as an intelligence analyst for the federal government for 10 years before resigning earlier this month, submitted a written testimony on the “wide-ranging implications” of global heating over the next 20 years, for submission to the House intelligence committee last month.

But he said on Tuesday that the report was stopped by the White House because his findings “did not comport with administration’s position on climate change”. [weiter]