Climate Change Denial Will Lead To Our Future Decline
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“Let’s be honest,” Clement writes. “The Trump administration didn’t think my years of science and policy experience were better suited to accounts receivable. It sidelined me in the hope that I would be quiet or quit.”
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke testified to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee in June that his agency’s proposed staff cuts of 4,000 people would be achieved through “a combination of attrition, reassignments, and separation” incentives. Clement stated that DOI was intentionally transferring people in the hope that they would quit. “Some of my colleagues are being relocated across the country, at taxpayer expense, to serve in equally ill-fitting jobs,” he stated. Clement’s allegations is that his case is simply part of the department’s overall attempt to silence climate scientists, as indicated by some of the examples below.
Back in May, the DOI had removed a line about climate change from a report on coastal flooding. Secretary Zinke said he thinks clean energy is a “hoax”. After the president reversed the moratorium on coal leasing on federal lands, Secretary Zinke said, “We can’t power the country on pixie dust and hope.” His agency is now spearheading attempt to open more federal waters (including off the southeastern coast and in the Arctic) for oil drilling.
The EPA has also taken a hard line against climate science, deleting many mentions of climate change from its website.
Former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told Fox News in November that climate change denial would be the default position of the new administration.
Recalling that the Islamic Golden Age (AD 800-1100) and what eventually led to its decline (12th century: the perspective that the mathematics is the work of the devil), the attitude of denial of climate change and science is shockingly similar to what led to the decline of Islamic Golden Age, explained by the renown astrophysicist Dr. Neil Degrasse Tyson, below:
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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