President Donald Trump acknowledged receiving an alarming report on climate change from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Tuesday, at the same time saying “I want to look at who drew it.”
“It was given to me,” Trump told members of the media in a press gaggle.
“And I want to look at who drew it,” he continued. “You know, which group drew it. Because I can give you reports that are fabulous and I can give you reports that aren’t so good. But I will be looking at it, absolutely.”
The President has infamously called climate change a “hoax” several times, and his administration has acted to loosen or eliminate a bundle of regulations aimed at limiting earth-warming emissions. Last summer, Trump announced the United States’ intention to withdraw from the Paris climate accord.
The UN IPCC is tasked with providing scientific information for policymakers on the world stage. The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change requested a report “on the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways” as part of the Paris climate accord.
IPCC released the report, “Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5ºC,” on Monday, outlining the urgent need for governments to act, quickly, to avoid worldwide catastrophe as a result of global warming. The report was authored and edited by dozens of climate scientists from around the world.
“With more than 6,000 scientific references cited and the dedicated contribution of thousands of expert and government reviewers worldwide, this important report testifies to the breadth and policy relevance of the IPCC,” IPCC Chair Hoesung Lee said in a press release.