Climate change news has been a subject of conversation for a long time, and President-elect Donald Trump has in the past referred to climate change as a “hoax”, according to one of many articles by publications including The Washington Post. Now he and his cabinet/transition team are wanting a list of those staffers with the Department of Energy involved in the research.
The DOE simply refused, as the union chief stated there’s some serious concern over this request, according to Huffington Post. Energy Department spokesman Eben Burnham-Snyder said they’ll be co-operative and forth-giving with their information; however, they will not be providing the transition team with any names.
“We are going to respect the professional and scientific integrity and independence of our employees at our labs and across our department. 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.”
This reaction to keeping at bay the concern for climate change by the cabinet stoked fear among scientists concerned with the realities of environmental issues only to have them denied by the presidency. The fear had triggered a movement to take climate data and back it up on independent servers, according to The Washington Post. An environmental researcher at the University of California at Davis, Nick Santos, first thought such fear was due in part of paranoia, but now he’s deemed it a genuine concern.
“Something that seemed a little paranoid to me before all of a sudden seems potentially realistic, or at least something you’d want to hedge against. Doing this can only be a good thing. Hopefully they leave everything in place. But if not, we’re planning for that.”
They can only obviously put two and two together to form the puzzles of this genuine situation considering Donald Trump has opted to reverse Obama’s environmental policies. The climate change scientists have reason to make contingencies just in case this climate change “hoax” is silenced/deleted from memory.
This isn’t the first time the Trump train of followers attempted to find ways to do away with environmental research. Sadly, last month a Trump adviser proposed that NASA dismantle its climate research, according to The Washington Post.
Deputy director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the advocacy group Union of Concerned Scientists, Michael Halpern, had stated Trump and his cabinet to be a “band of climate conspiracy theorists.” This like-mindedness of those in the transition team had been yearning to render apart climate change research for a long time. The paranoia turned into reasonable fear in the eyes of the climate experts and saw to it to be prepared to back up their valuable information for future use.
Climate change scientists have always prided themselves on the preservation of data and just in case Trump gets an itch doesn’t mean it has to be scratched away.
“Scientists are right to preserve data and archive websites before those who want to dismantle federal climate change research programs storm the castle.”
To clarify, the transition team said nothing about actually manipulating or imposing restrictions on the climate data, but the scientists aren’t taking any chances just in case “hoax” believers and climate change deniers of said team decide to take the aforementioned feared action.
A reaction from the Twitterverse’s Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist and climate subject matter expert, released to the social media-sphere a question regarding what climate data, via the government database, should be saved. The response was astounding.
Offers from investors poured in with their desires to fund the preservation of data. Scientists provided tons of links to anything associated with the subject matter, and so forth.
It seems climate change supporters aren’t holding back when it comes to their advocacy and from that, if the climate denying Trump decides to erase important data from the archives, there is at least the commercially saved information already on file. Hopefully, more news will spread regarding concern for the Earth and maintaining its preservation will be priority to some.
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