COPY CLIMATE DATA
Scientists are rushing to copy decades of critical climate data that might be altered or destroyed under an impervious Trump Administration.
Two university professors are calling for a hackathon in co-operation with the Internet Archive’s End of Term 2016 project, which will archive federal online pages and data that could disappear after Jan. 20, 2017. Separately, the ad-hoc Climate Mirror project seeks to store key datasets as well as keeping them available to the public.
The Climate Science Legal Defense Fund (CSLDF) has published a 16-page guide for government researchers whose work may be inhibited.
“You just don’t know what’s coming,” Adam Campbell, who studies the imperiled Ross Ice Shelf of Antarctica, told the Washington Post.
Sentiment is shared at the DOE, which is why they are refusing to share names with Trump’s transition team.
“We are going to respect the professional and scientific integrity and independence of our employees at our labs and across our department,” Energy Department spokesman Eben Burnham-Snyder said in an email to The Washington Post.
“We will be forthcoming with all publicly available information with the transition team. We will not be providing any individual names to the transition team.”
The gravest danger to these federal employees may be that they will lose their jobs in an anti-climate purge. “Rather than keep people on the payroll under instructions not to fulfill their position descriptions, it’s likely that such positions would be declared surplus,” PEER’s executive director, Jeff Ruch, told Sierra.
“The election of Donald J. Trump as president puts federal employees administering and enforcing environmental and public health protections squarely on the front lines of a battle—a battle they did not choose,” stated Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER).
In response, scientists are speaking out. “We cannot normalize science denial,” the Union of Concerned Scientists stated.
OPEN LETTER TO TRUMP
On Nov. 30, more than 2,300 scientists published an open letter to Trump urging him to allow them to “conduct their work without political or private-sector interference.” And, a Dec. 6 letter from 800 Earth scientists, also to the president-elect, stated:
“You have the support of the majority of companies, military leaders, scientists, engineers, and citizens to respond to the threats posed by climate change by reducing carbon pollution and expanding clean energy. Many of America’s largest cities and states are already committed to doing so. We urge you to decide if you want your Presidency to be defined by denial and disaster, or acceptance and action.”
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Concerns over preserving climate data and protecting Department of Energy jobs is far from the only environmental issue raised by the incoming Trump Administration.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
President-elect Donald Trump has named Scott Pruitt to be the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Pruitt, Oklahoma’s attorney general is a party to a 28-state lawsuit seeking to overturn the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan. He has sued the EPA eight times.