Al Gore has an issue with the Trump administration's timing. In a statement released Friday, he swung at the White House for releasing a major government report on climate change when it did. "Unbelievably deadly and tragic wildfires rage in the west, hurricanes batter our coasts—and the Trump administration chooses the Friday after Thanksgiving to try and bury this critical US assessment of the climate crisis," Gore wrote. "The President may try to hide the truth, but his own scientists and experts have made it as stark and clear as possible. The rest of us are listening to the scientists—and to Mother Nature." (Read his statement in full here.) He wasn't alone in his criticism. The AP quotes study co-author Andrew Light of the World Resources Institute as calling the timing "a transparent attempt by the Trump Administration to bury this report and continue the campaign of not only denying but suppressing the best of climate science."
The Fourth National Climate Assessment found that human-caused global warming is not only real, it is already taking a huge financial toll on the nation, one that is expected to worsen. The report, compiled by outside scientists and 13 federal departments and agencies, is mandated by Congress every four years. CBS News reports the report had been slated to drop in December, but for unknown reasons the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday said it would be released Friday instead. Officials didn't answer questions regarding the report's timing in a Friday press conference beyond saying those questions were "relevant." (Here's all you need to know about the report.)