Trump Official Suggests Climate Panel Lacks 'Industry' Members

In a June 13, 2017 email, the deputy chief of staff at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration questions if a federal advisory panel on climate change should be allowed to expire because it lacks enough "industry" members.

Comstock, Earl (Federal)

From:

Comstock, Earl (Federal)

Sent:

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 6:20 PM

To:

Kelly, George (Federal); Hernandez, Israel (Federal)

Subject:

Re: FAC for National Climate Assessment

We need to run by the Secretary. Please send the background on the advisory committee and what its

charter is. We need to know why it was created, when it was created, and what it is supposed to do.

Given the budget cuts, we need to know what resources it would require to staff it. Thanks. Earl

From: George Kelly - NOAA Federal <george.kelly@noaa.gov>

Date: Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 4:48 PM

To: "Hernandez, Israel (Federal)" <IHernandez@doc.gov>, "Comstock, Earl (Federal)"

<EComstock@doc.gov>

Subject: Fwd: FAC for National Climate Assessment

Issy and Earl:

We need to decide whether to let this FAC to expire as soon as possible. It is with DOC for clearance. It

only has one member from industry and the process to gain more balance would take a couple years to

accomplish.

George

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Begin forwarded message:

From: OAR PCO - NOAA Service Account < oar.pco@noaa.gov>

Date: June 13, 2017 at 4:40:07 PM EDT

To: George Kelly - NOAA Federal <george.kelly@noaa.gov >

Cc: Michael Weiss - NOAA Federal <michael.weiss@noaa.gov>

Subject: Re: FAC for National Climate Assessment

Hello GeorgeAttached is a list of all NCA FAC members with a very brief bio. If you'd like more information

the individuals, we can provide a longer bio. The end dates of their appointments are listed, and

whether they are in their first or second term.

Regarding term limits, the NCA FAC currently states that members may be appointed for a term

of one, two, ore three years, and can be reappointed for successive terms of two years. There is

no limit on the number of re-appointments. The updated charter that Cynthia submitted for DOC

approval would amend that to allow only one successive re-appointment, up to three years in

length.

-Julia

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On Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 2:19 PM, OAR PCO - NOAA Service Account < oar.pco@noaa.gov>

wrote:

Putting that together right now.

-Julia

On Tue, Jun 13, 2017 at 2:05 PM, George Kelly - NOAA Federal <george.kelly@noaa.gov >

wrote:

Can I please see the roster pf current members, bios and expirations?

Sent from my iPhone

On Jun 13, 2017, at 10:55 AM, Michael Weiss - NOAA Federal

< michael.weiss@noaa.gov > wrote:

Thank you Julia

On Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 3:28 PM, OAR PCO - NOAA Service Account

< oar.pco@noaa.gov> wrote:

Hello Micheal, GeorgeI just talked with Cynthia about the FAC for the National Climate

Assessment. She's on annual leave right now, but happy to talk via phone

this afternoon or early tomorrow, back in Silver Spring on Wednesday.

She's drafting a short explanation for the impacts of not renewing the charter

for the NCA FAC.

The short read is that the FAC is just starting up, and it was formed to get

input from folks outside the usual suspects involved in the four-year report

cycle. The FAC is also part of an effort to break the every -four-year pulse

of resources required (time and effort from agency staff and volunteer

authors), and to continuously assess the impacts of the report (i.e. end - user

satisfaction with the product).

Cynthia is getting me more information.

-Julia

-Julia (Galkiewicz) Wolff, Ph.D.

Program Coordination Officer for NOAA Research

Program Coordination Officer for NOAA Research

Office of the Under Secretary

U.S. Department of Commerce

Cell: 301 - 233 - 0381

Office (HCHB): 202 - 482 - 1075

Office (SS): 301 - 734 - 1067

-Michael Weiss

Senior Policy Advisor

Office of the Assistant Secretary

for Conservation and Management

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

202 -482 -5958 (w)

301 -337 -0684 (c)

-Julia (Galkiewicz) Wolff, Ph.D.

Program Coordination Officer for NOAA Research

Office of the Under Secretary

U.S. Department of Commerce

Cell: 301 - 233 - 0381

Office (HCHB): 202 - 482 - 1075

Office (SS): 301 - 734 - 1067

-Julia (Galkiewicz) Wolff, Ph.D.

Program Coordination Officer for NOAA Research

Office of the Under Secretary

U.S. Department of Commerce

Cell: 301- 233 - 0381

Office (HCHB): 202- 482 - 1075

Office (SS): 301- 734 - 1067

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