DECEMBER 7, 2016
We can’t wait 4 years: 800 climate scientists have united for immediate action.
The scientific community is in agreement: Climate change is real.
President-elect Donald Trump has a very complicated history with climate change.
He’s referred to the issue as a “hoax,” one of his advisers claims the president-elect plans to scrap NASA’s climate research, and Trump has even gone on record against the historic Paris climate agreement. At the same time, he’s acknowledged that climate change poses a threat to his golf courses, he met earlier this week to discuss the issue with Al Gore, and in an interview last month, he told the New York Times that he’s going into his presidency with an open mind on the topic.
In the hopes of convincing the president-elect to take the actions needed to save the planet, 800 scientists joined forces to send him an open letter.
Published in full at Scientific American, the letter outlines six clear steps these members of the scientific community hope to see from a Trump administration.
What Trump chooses to do, the authors of the letter warn, will determine whether his presidency will be “defined by denial and disaster, or acceptance and action.”
The group also launched a public petition urging Trump to take action on climate.
Misinformation and disbelief have the potential to lead to irreversible disaster. That’s why these scientists are urging action now. This can’t wait four years.
Dr. Geoffrey Supran, a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University and MIT working on energy system planning, and Ploy Achakulwisut, a doctoral candidate in atmospheric science at Harvard, helped organize the effort behind the letter. For them, the message extends beyond Trump’s beliefs to the larger issue of climate change denial facing the country.
“As scientists and as citizens, Donald Trump’s anti-science climate denial scares us to the point that sitting on the sidelines is not an option,” Supran and Achakulwisut explain in a joint e-mail to Upworthy.
The letter comes less than a week after the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology tweeted out a link to a factually dubious article from a right-wing media outlet.
Citing Breitbart.com, the Congressional committee’s tweet refers to the roughly 97% of climate scientists who believe that climate change is real and manmade as “climate alarmists,” a term the site has used on other occasions and one that does not sit well with Supran and Achakulwisut.
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Land temperatures have plummeted by 1 degree – the biggest and steepest fall on record. But the news has been greeted with an eerie silence. breitbart.com
858 858 Retweets 1,144 1,144 likes< Seeing a Twitter account representing members of Congress responsible for crafting science policy promote false, anti-science views made Supran and Achakulwisut feel “angry, terrified, and more determined than ever to hold our leaders accountable,” calling the committee’s decision to share the article “a reckless abuse of power.”
Michael Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Penn State University and director of the Earth System Science Center, shares a similar opinion about what it means that Congress would share such a reckless article.
“As a climate expert, I’m horrified at the ignorance and antipathy toward science that now pervades our highest levels of our government,” Mann, who also signed onto the letter, writes in an e-mail. His recent book, “The Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial Is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics, and Driving Us Crazy,” tackles this very challenge.
Atmospheric scientist Kait Parker of The Weather Channel even stepped in to ask both Breitbart and the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee to stop using a video of her to promote misleading information.