With President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration nearly a month away, climate scientists have begun frantically downloading and copying public data and research conducted in the past few years. Their fear is that Trump and his conservative cabinet will delete or erase all the data once in power.
Climate scientists have vehemently opposed Trump’s administration selections these past few weeks due to their anti-climate change stances. Notable figures nominated that have scientists up in arms are Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt heading the Environmental Protection Agency, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, and the expected appointment of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy.
Pruitt, Tillerson and Perry are major advocates of the fossil fuel industry. And Trump, who has stated that he does not believe climate change is man made, has made promises to strip apart the Paris Agreement from 2015.
The movement to accumulate all of the climate data has been initiated by Eric Holthaus, a meteorologist based in Arizona. A Google spreadsheet has been assembled, where scientists and associates have been adding multiple government databases to archive.
Holthaus was asked by media outlets whether he truly believes Trump will terminate all existing data. “I don’t actually think that it will happen,” Holthaus said. “But I think it could happen… all of these data sets are priceless, in the sense that if there is a gap, it greatly diminishes their usefulness.”
H/T: Washington Examiner
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