Joy Shan


Climate Scientists Just Showed How They’d Resist The Trump Presidency

On the day Trump announced Rick Perry would replace a theoretical physicist as Energy Secretary, activists in lab coats stormed San Francisco to stand up for scientific inquiry

On Tuesday morning, Americans woke to the news of Donald Trump’s latest Cabinet nominee. For the position of energy secretary—a post that includes the oversight of nuclear materials and was previously held by a theoretical physicist—the president-elect chose Rick Perry, a darling of the oil and gas industry and a vocal climate change denier. In response to a devastating drought that was setting off wildfires across Texas in 2011, then-Governor Perry called not for ecological intervention, but for three days of prayer. “The issue of global warming has been politicized,” he remarked that year. “I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects.”

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