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US Global Change Research Program Released Three Major Climate Reports Today

Fri, 03 Nov 2017 18:48:22 +0000

The U.S. Global Change Research Program released three major reports this afternoon: the final Climate Science Special Report (CCSR), the public review draft of the Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) and the public review draft of the 2nd State of the Carbon Cycle Report (SOCCR-2). Continue reading

Gag Orders Imposed by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt on Research Staff Infringe on Civil Servant First Amendment Rights and May Violate EPA Policy Restricting Censorship

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 19:46:56 +0000

By Anne Polansky CSPW Sr. Climate Policy Analyst Last week, the Trump Administration’s sustained attack on federal scientists studying climate change science and impacts escalated when US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt issued last-minute gag orders preventing several … Continue reading

Trump Administration Extends for 6 months the subcommittee overseeing U.S. Global Change Research Program

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 21:28:42 +0000

On October 20, 2017, the Trump Administration extended for 6 months (until April 21, 2018) the charter of the interagency Subcommittee on Global Change Research (SGCR). It was set to expire the next day on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The SGCR is responsible for overseeing the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). The extension explicitly notes that the SGCR can be terminated in less than 6 months. Continue reading

Charter Set to Expire for Interagency Subcommittee Overseeing Federal Climate Research

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 19:03:09 +0000

By Nicky Sundt CSPW Senior Fellow The charter of the subcommittee that oversees the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) is set to expire tomorrow, October 21, 2017. This speaks volumes about the Trump Administration’s attitudes toward science generally – … Continue reading

As Whistleblower Joel Clement Calls on Interior Secretary Zinke to Resign, Even Stronger Steps for Government Accountability are Needed

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:04:42 +0000

By Anne Polansky CSPW Sr. Climate Policy Analyst “Secretary Zinke, you should resign effective immediately,” federal whistleblower Joel Clement wrote in a CNN opinion piece published yesterday evening. After seven years of public service, Clement left his Senior Executive Service … Continue reading

Whistleblower Joel Clement Lambasts Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and President Trump in Resignation Letter

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 20:37:07 +0000

By Anne Polansky CSPW Sr. Climate Policy Analyst Federal whistleblower Joel Clement charged both Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and President Donald Trump with “poor leadership, waste, and … failures on climate change” in a fiercely critical letter of resignation submitted … Continue reading

Award-Winning Department of Interior Official Joel Clement Resigns

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:48:59 +0000

[F]or … three compelling reasons – poor leadership, waste, and your failures on climate change,” a senior Department of Interior Official, Joel Clement, submitted his resignation on October 4 to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. In his resignation letter, Clement said the administration is “shackled to special interests” and “unwilling to lead on climate change.” Just two weeks earlier, Clement had received the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage. Continue reading

Interior Department Whistleblower Joel Clement Receives Award for Civic Courage

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 13:57:55 +0000

On Sept 21, 2017, Joel Clement received the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage from The Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest. In announcing Clement as one of this year’s recipients of the prize, the trust said that Clement upheld “the highest standards of his civil service oath as a senior federal official” when “he blew the whistle on the Trump Administration’s Interior Department for using personnel reassignment to shut down climate change programs, muzzle scientists and undermine subject matter experts.” Clement urges other employees to speak out as he has. Continue reading

Exxon Mobil Has Been Silent About Climate Change Risks to Its Operations: Will Hurricane Harvey Change That?

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:10:48 +0000

ExxonMobil, which refuses to acknowledge risks associated with climate change impacts, owns two large refineries in Texas that are poorly prepared for sea level rise, storm surges, extreme flooding, and so on, and now Hurricane Harvey has caused damage to oil facilities and interrupted operations for weeks. Will ExxonMobil now begin to disclose these climate-related risks to shareholders? Continue reading

Administration Delays Publication of Climate Science Special Report

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 20:59:11 +0000

Report identifies rising risks posed by hurricanes as planet warms By Nicky Sundt CSPW Senior Fellow The Climate Change Special Report, arguably the most important report produced by the interagency U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) under the Trump Administration, … Continue reading