I don’t see how this can possibly be characterized as a “leak.” We, the taxpaying citizens of this country have footed the bill for all the research and preparation time of this report, and we deserve to have it, read it, and utilize it.
The release of this draft report is the result of learning (by the responsible scientific community) from the last Republican WH that any and all government studies and reports that do not align with fossil fuel industry interests will be butchered, re-written, blanked-out, or banished. Releasing this “Draft” is our responsible scientific community’s effort to make sure WE get to see the report they intended - that must be released - despite the corrupt partisan (and temporary) “leadership” of the authoring agencies fully anticipated butcher knife “revisions.”
I caught some of the discussion on News Hour last night concerning this report. The guest that was interviewed made the most important point about all of this, what I’ve been saying for some time now: The information contained in the report is structured to be helpful for regional and local planners, governments, and emergency agencies dealing with an already changing climate and those effects just around the corner. That guest also made the very important distinction that it is absolutely an apolitical report: IT DOES NOT AT ANY LEVEL ADVOCATE POLICY.
I downloaded this 500+ page PDF, and I urge many others to do the same. We owe much thanks to those responsible for this brave action. No doubt a pogrom will be the administration’s response.