Cornwall Alliance Contributing Writer Anthony Sadar, a Certified Consulting Meteorologist and author of In Global Warming We Trust: Too Big to Fail, published a great piece in The DC Caller today debunking fears of an anti-science mentality taking over the federal Environmental Protection Agency under Donald Trump’s administration. Here’s the intro:
There is a lot of angst in the air over the future of climate science now that the White House is occupied by a president who has referred to the global climate change scare as a hoax. But, is the anxiety warranted?
The president’s choice for the new directorship at the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, believes that climate change is real, as he attested in his recent confirmation hearing. He noted, “Science tells us that the climate is changing and that human activity in some manner impacts that change.”
Regardless of the obstructionist Democrats boycotting the committee confirmation vote, Pruitt’s main concerns as Oklahoma Attorney General is federal overreach into state’s rights, not encouraging dirty air and water.
So, what about any dangers to the science of climate science?
As any student of science knows, the scientific method involves observation, hypothesis, and testing — lots of testing — before a theory is established. Furthermore, modern scientific practice is assisted by the use of the powerful but quite limited tool of computer modeling.
To envision climate change decades from now, modern climatology must rely on modeling. Such modeling combines equations of atmospheric dynamics with multitudinous observations and estimates throughout numerous vertical layers of air to arrive at state-of-the-science outlooks of distant future global climate.
Obviously this is a complex job that would benefit from as much informed perspective and constructive observation and testing as available.
That’s where the new Trump initiative of more tolerance to alternative views comes in.
Rather than being anti-science, the new administration is more pro-perspective, apparently prepared to listen to scientists who have been marginalized as “deniers” by the Obama administration.
This can only improve the understanding of climate change, as many previously deplorable, yet highly qualified scientists are given a stronger voice to expand the frontiers of climate consciousness.
These scientists include atmospheric science PhDs, field-experienced practitioners, state and other government climatologists and meteorologists, and so many others well-versed in air-science theory and practice.
Regardless, there is a move afoot for some scientists to march against the perceived anti-science ideology of the Trump administration. When informed of this movement by a colleague who also wondered if there were any plans for a counter march, I responded: “Not ever likely…. Those marching to protest the present leftist ideology permeating environmental science would probably have to march right to the unemployment office.”