MIT Scientists Say President Trump Misused Research in Paris Climate Withdrawal

Lead scientist says White House 'cherry picked' lowest number to justify leaving the accord.

June 2, 2017 10:43 am
Fiddlers Ferry powerstation in Warrington, UK. (Getty)
Fiddlers Ferry powerstation in Warrington, UK. (Getty)

A new article in the MIT Technology Review is criticizing President Trump for incorrectly cited research done at the prestigious university while explaining his rationale for withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement.

“It is estimated it would only produce a two-tenths of one degree … Celsius reduction in global temperature by the year 2100,” President Trump said in his announcement of the withdrawal. “Tiny, tiny amount.”

But MIT says that’s “not actually what the relevant research found, or what the scientists in question concluded,” citing Erwan Monier, coauthor of the study and principal research scientist at MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.

“This idea that the Paris agreement has a negligible impact on future climate change is certainly not what we conveyed and was not the conclusion of our analysis. We make clear that if we want to limit warming to 2 °C, we need to do more and we need continued effort past 2030.”

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