9 questions about climate change you were too embarrassed to ask
There is a decisive and growing fissure in America right now as climate change science and federal climate change policy move steadily in opposite directions.
In his first year in office, President Donald Trump has shirked all responsibility on the issue, rejecting or beginning to dismantle President Obama’s signature climate policies: the Paris climate agreement, and the Clean Power Plan, the main domestic policy for limiting greenhouse gas emissions.
Trump has appointed to key positions more than 20 climate change skeptics, including Scott Pruitt and Rick Perry to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. And officials at these and other science agencies have been removing the words “climate change” from government websites and press releases.
Meanwhile, the science of climate change is growing ever more robust as researchers zero in on how the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are radically altering the Earth’s systems and shaping the future.
photo credit: Rusty Russ