“My only desire is an intimate infusion with nature, and the only fate I wish is to have worked and lived in harmony with her laws.” – Claude Monet
Despite all the scientific evidence, President-elect Trump declared himself “not a big believer in global warming” and said he would “cancel” the international Paris climate agreement.
His cabinet nominations reflect his motives and feature a dangerous imbalance in favor of oil and gas interests, with no one to speak up on behalf of environmental progress.
The men nominated for his top positions include ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state, Rep. Ryan Zinke for interior secretary, and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry – who has called climate action “nonsense” – for energy secretary.
Last month, 22 Nobel Prize winners asked the Trump administration and Congress to take action in four areas: creating “a strong and open culture of science”; ensuring that public safeguards such as the Clean Air Act remain strongly grounded in science; adhering to high standards of scientific integrity and independence; and providing adequate resources to enable federal scientists to do their vitally important jobs. They stand with the more than 2,300 scientists who sent an open letter to the incoming administration and 115th Congress, insisting that public policy be “informed by science unfettered by inappropriate political or corporate influence.”
Protecting our planet is high priority to many Americans, including myself. There are many ways you can help and I encourage you to donate whatever time or money you have to ensure we keep this world wonderful.
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The Environmental Defense Fund will match every dollar you give today (until Dec. 31) with $2 more — tripling your impact to protect and defend our natural heritage. Donate here.
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Photo story by Paul Mathias