The president "may try to hide the truth, but his own scientists and experts have made it as stark and clear as possible", his statement said.
The White House released an alarming climate change report on Black Friday, attempting to bury a 1,656-page government assessment that directly contradicts President Trump's history of climate change denial. (Their understanding had been that the report would come out just prior to a major Earth sciences conference in mid-December, Hayhoe said.) News outlets were given even less notice, with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration only announcing the report's imminent release last Wednesday.
It warns of more, stronger and longer disasters triggered at least in part by global warming.
National Wildlife Federation President and CEO Collin O'Mara also waded in, criticizing the timing of the release.
"Climate change is transforming where and how we live and presents growing challenges to human health and quality of life, the economy, and the natural systems that support us", the report says. It's a lot like an event the United States arranged during last year's climate conference in Bonn, Germany that Michael Bloomberg (the former NY mayor and now UN Special Envoy for Climate Action) described as "promoting tobacco at a cancer summit".
Al Gore says it's no coincidence that the Trump administration released a damning report on climate change on a day when Americans are more preoccupied with snagging the best deals for TVs than they are with the future of the planet.
Collin O'Mara, president of the National Wildlife Federation, wrote on Twitter " This is the National Climate Assessment that the White House does not want you to read (by releasing on Black Friday)".
Report outlines problems USA will likely face from climate change
A new report analyzes the impacts climate change is having in the U.S. now, and what the country could look like by 2100. Climate adaptation is already taking place at the local, state and regional level, the report says.
Alaska and Louisiana are singled out with scientists predicating coastal flooding is likely to force some residents to relocate.
Earlier in the week, Trump tweeted about the brutal cold spell that hit the East Coast over the Thanksgiving holiday and questioned "Whatever happened to Global Warming?"
Instead, it asserts that warming is occurring, and it's largely caused by humans.
Former vice-president and Democratic presidential candidate Gore accused Trump of seeking to "hide the truth" by releasing the report on Black Friday.
Rush Holt, chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, said the economic warning shows that "policymakers can no longer afford to dismiss or ignore the overwhelming scientific evidence of climate change".
'It's an absolute disgrace to bury the truth about climate impacts in a year that saw hundreds of Americans die during devastating climate-fueled megafires, hurricanes, floods, and algal blooms, ' O'Mara said in a statement. "Over climate timescales of multiple decades, however, global temperature continues to steadily increase".