‘Blatant Attempt to Politicize the Science’: Trump Reportedly Moving to End Long-Term Studies of Climate Crisis

‘Blatant Attempt to Politicize the Science’: Trump Reportedly Moving to End Long-Term Studies of Climate Crisis”

The Trump gang is attacking the scientific process itself in an attempt to prop up fossil fuel industries, delay inevitable action, and run the carbon bubble as long as it will last.”

By Jake Johnson

In what environmental experts warned could be President Donald Trump’s most dangerous assault on science yet, the White House is reportedly moving to end long-term assessments of the impacts of the climate crisis while pushing a polluter-friendly agenda that is making the planetary emergency worse.

As the New York Times reported late Monday, “the White House-appointed director of the United States Geological Survey, James Reilly, a former astronaut and petroleum geologist, has ordered that scientific assessments produced by that office use only computer-generated climate models that project the impact of climate change through 2040, rather than through the end of the century, as had been done previously.”

“A pretty blatant attempt to politicize the science—to push the science in a direction that’s consistent with their politics.”
—Philip Duffy, Woods Hole Research Center

“As a result,” according to the Times, “parts of the federal government will no longer fulfill what scientists say is one of the most urgent jobs of climate science studies: reporting on the future effects of a rapidly warming planet and presenting a picture of what the earth could look like by the end of the century if the global economy continues to emit heat-trapping carbon dioxide pollution from burning fossil fuels.”

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)—the United Nations’ leading climate body—warned in a landmark report last October that if carbon emissions are not dramatically and rapidly reduced, catastrophic effects of the climate crisis could be felt across the world as early as 2040.

But, as the Times reported, scientists say that Trump administration’s attempt to cut off government climate projections at that year “would give a misleading picture because the biggest effects of current emissions will be felt after 2040.”

“Models show that the planet will most likely warm at about the same rate through about 2050,” according to the Times. “From that point until the end of the century, however, the rate of warming differs significantly with an increase or decrease in carbon emissions.”

Philip Duffy, the president of the Woods Hole Research Center, told the Times that the White House’s move to restrict government climate predictions “is a pretty blatant attempt to politicize the science—to push the science in a direction that’s consistent with their politics.”

Critics also expressed alarm on social media.

“The Trump gang is attacking the scientific process itself,” tweeted environmentalist Alex Steffen, “in an attempt to prop up fossil fuel industries, delay inevitable action, and run the carbon bubble as long as it will last.”

In addition to attempting to severely limit the government’s climate science methodology, the Times reported, the Trump administration is also working “to question its conclusions by creating a new climate review panel” led by physicist William Happer, who once said the “demonization of carbon dioxide is just like the demonization of the poor Jews under Hitler.”

Happer was brought on to the National Security Council by John Bolton, Trump’s national security adviser.

“Mr. Happer and Mr. Bolton are both beneficiaries of Robert and Rebekah Mercer, the far-right billionaire and his daughter who have funded efforts to debunk climate science,” the Times reported. “The Mercers gave money to a super PAC affiliated with Mr. Bolton before he entered government and to an advocacy group headed by Mr. Happer.”

The Trump administration’s efforts to distort government climate findings in a way that aligns with its fossil fuel agenda began after the release of the second volume of the National Climate Assessment last November, according to the Times.

As Common Dreams reported, the Trump administration attempted to bury the report—which warned that “Earth’s climate is now changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilization”—by releasing it on the Friday after Thanksgiving.

The assessment’s findings directly contradicted the Trump administration’s denialism, as environmentalists and climate scientists pointed out at the time.

“This report makes it clear that climate change is not some problem in the distant future,” said Brenda Ekwurzel, the director of climate science at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). “It’s happening right now in every part of the country.”

 

 

Source: ‘Blatant Attempt to Politicize the Science’: Trump Reportedly Moving to End Long-Term Studies of Climate Crisis | Common Dreams News

Buzzy LInhart Comes To Non Visual RadioFriday Night on www.activatemedia.org from 8-9 p.m

Buzzy Linhart Comes To Non Visual Radio Friday Night on www.activatemedia.org from 8-9 p.m.

By Ed Wrobleski

Singer/Songwriter/Musician/Actor Buzzy Linhart talks with host Joe Viglione on non visual radio this friday evening. Although this interview originally aired on July 19th of 2012 Buzzy talks about how he had worked with Eddie Kramer recording engineer who has worked on all of Jimi Hendrix’s albums right up to the present 50th anniversary edition of “Electric Ladyland” which was released this past November 9th of 2018.

In 1963, he moved to New York City and became friends and roommates with John Sebastian. He also became a protégé to the senior guitarist and folk singer Fred Neil. One of his first bands, with fellow musicians Steve De Naut, Serge Katzen, and Max Ochs, was Seventh Sons, who released a raga-rock LP for ESP Records. Linhart later released a series of solo albums from the late 1960s to the mid-1970s starting with his Philips debut buzzy (the title with a small “b”) in 1969.

In 1970 Linhart was signed to Eleuthra Records.[1] Although closely associated with the Greenwich Village folk-rock scene for much of his career, he recorded that first complete solo album in London and Wales with the Welsh prog-rock band Eyes of Blue serving as the backing band.

His skill on the vibraphone led to work as a session musician on recordings by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Richie Havens, Carly Simon, Cat Mother & the All Night Newsboys, and Jimi Hendrix (on the Cry of Love album and he is credited on Electric Ladyland). In 2005 he recorded “Mr. Cool” on the CD Life Goes On, with Monica Dupont and Gary Novak.

Linhart is joint composer of “(You Got To Have) Friends,” a collaboration with Mark “Moogy” Klingman, which became singer Bette Midler’s de facto theme song. This was the end of his major label career, but although he never achieved commercial success, Linhart has continued to write, record, sing and compose music to this day.

Linhart had significant visibility as an actor in the mid-1970s. He also achieved some notoriety from his appearance in the opening sequence of the cult movie The Groove Tube, as a hippie hitchhiker. He was also a regular on the 1976 television show Cos, starring Bill Cosby.[2] However, there appears to be little or no surviving footage from the series, unlike the several subsequent Cosby television series.

Discography

buzzy – (Philips Records, 1969)

Music – (Eleuthera Records, 1970)

The Time to Live is Now – (Kama Sutra Records, 1971)

Buzzy (The Black Album) – (Kama Sutra Records, 1972)

Pussycats Can Go Far – (Atco Records, 1974)

“Tornado” – (Accord Records, 1981)

Four Sides of Buzzy Linhart – 4-song EP (Caromar Records, 1982)

The Buzzy/Moogy Sessions: 1983-1994 – (Moogy Music, 2000)

Buzzy Linhart Loves You: Classic Recordings – (Razor & Tie, 2001)

Studio – (BuzzArt Inc., 2006)

Electric Lady Dream – (BuzzArt Inc., 2012)

Live Cafe Au Go Go (1971) – (BuzzArt Inc., 2013)

Peace in the Country (unplugged) – (BuzzArt Inc., 2015)

So don’t forget to tune-in this friday night on www.activatemedia.orgfrom 8-9 p.m. for this classic interview with Buzzy Linhart

Source: Buzzy LInhart Comes To Non Visual Radio | Massapequa, NY Patch

Over 1,351 Climate Strikes in 110 Countries Planned for Friday as Global Revolt Escalates

Over 1,351 Climate Strikes in 110 Countries Planned for Friday as Global Revolt Escalates”Activism works. So act.”

By Julia Conley

Two months after what was reportedly the largest international climate demonstration ever, young people around the world are expected to make history again on Friday with a second global climate strike. 

Sixteen-year-old Greta Thunberg, who began the global movement in which students around the world have walked out of their classrooms on a weekly basis since last fall to demand climate action, reported Tuesday that at least 1,351 separate strikes are now scheduled to take place all over the world on Friday.

Climate justice advocates plan to walk out of their schools and workplaces on every continent on the globe and in more than 100 countries.

Two strikes are planned in Antarctica, according to a map on the #FridaysForFuture website; countries including Afghanistan, Namibia, and Uzbekistan are each planning at least one strike, while hundreds of rallies have been planned across Germany, France, the U.S., and several other countries.

On March 15, an estimated 1.6 million people demonstrated in 123 countries. The number of planned protests for Friday surpassed the 1,325 which took place two months ago.

350.org called on supporters to stand with the students leading the global call for an end to fossil fuel extraction in order to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius.

Thunberg held the first climate strike last fall, holding a one-person protest outside Swedish Parliament and demanding that her elected officials begin a shift toward renewable energy sources to help stem the warming of the globe.

Young people who have organized their own protests in recent months argue that they will still be relatively young in 2030, the year that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warns the climate crisis will be irreversible unless world leaders take action now to stop the carbon emissions which are rapidly warming the planet.

While government officials who refuse to act now may not have many more decades left on the planet, youth organizers argue, young people will face the consequences of that inaction.

In recent weeks, grassroots climate protests have successfully pressured some government leaders into officially recognizing the climate crisis and pledging to take action. Lawmakers in EnglandIrelandScotland, and Wales officially declared a climate emergency in the wake of mass protests by the global movement Extinction Rebellion in April.    

And the head of the European Commission pledged in February to spend a quarter of the EU’s budget on combating the climate crisis beginning in 2021, under pressure from Thunberg.

“Activism works. So act,” Thunberg tweeted this week, sharing a video featuring young people who plan to walk out of their schools on Friday.

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Source: Over 1,351 Climate Strikes in 110 Countries Planned for Friday as Global Revolt Escalates