The Trump administration has decided to disband a federal advisory committee on climate change, according to a report Sunday.
The charter for the 15-person Advisory Committee for the Sustained National Climate Assessment expires Sunday. The panel includes academics, local officials and corporate representatives.
Ben Friedman, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's acting administrator, told the committee's chair that the agency would not renew the committee, the Washington Post first reported.
The move by the White House follows the so-called leak of a sweeping federal climate change draft report earlier this month, which actually has been available online since January, that shows the dramatic rising of temperatures in the United States. That draft report, due to be released in 2018, is still awaiting approval by the Trump administration.
That draft report was worked on by the now-disbanded committee, which created it by simplifying the findings from the National Climate Assessment.
Scientists fear the Trump administration will attempt to squash conclusions from the draft report, as it has expressed skepticism toward climate change.
NOAA communications director Julie Roberts told the Post "this action does not impact the completion of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, which remains a key priority."
In June, Trump announced the U.S. would be leaving the Paris climate accord, which was adopted in 2015 under former President Barack Obama. The earliest effective date of U.S. withdrawal would be November 2020.