To the Editor:
A pleasant surprise popped up in social media recently: A quick lesson from NASA (you know, rocket scientists) outlined the growing evidence of harm to our climate from excess carbon in the atmosphere, traceable to human burning of coal, oil and gas.
Why a surprise?
The news most recently has revealed where the current White House occupants are driving suppression of even the mention of climate science across agencies. Foreign Policy cited the threat to national security from the administration’s “shadow war” on climate science. (Foreign Policy, July 31.)
“Rod Schoonover, an analyst with the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, resigned in protest this month after the White House blocked his prepared testimony before a congressional intelligence panel on the national security implications of climate change. Schoonover said what he planned to say did not adhere to the Trump administration’s position on climate change,” the magazine reported.
The article cited other government scientists whose work on climate science led the administration to reassign them or force them to quit to uphold their integrity.
So, it is a relief that NASA still has educational material online documenting the significant consensus among scientists that our climate is being disrupted by human activity that trips the earth’s capacity to absorb carbon. How long will it stay? Hurry to visit the site at climate.nasa.gov\evidence.
The Trump administration threatens national security, agricultural productivity and even our civil society in its climate science denial. But their game, their shadow war, is exposed. Shell and ExxonMobil tried to keep secret their own science that began ringing alarm bells about looming climate disruption in the early 1980s but, ultimately, their own science was exposed.
Americans want the U.S. to take action to blunt the worst effects from climate change. Take a stand – if not for yourself, for your grandchildren and their children – and become a climate voter. Join us at citizenseclimatelobby.org. Bipartisan climate action is in bills before the House and Senate now.