In response to Republican lawmakers in Congress aiming to ease regulations for greenhouse gas emissions, scientists are joining in a broad campaign to provide information to Americans about climate change, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Organizing a “climate rapid response team,” for appearances on conservative media outlets, Scott Mandia of Suffolk County Community College in New York made a comment relevant to the recent findings of a federal investigation, stating that Barack Obama altered the results of peer-reviewed research into damage from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, thus encouraging liberal extremists while making science a hoax.
This group feels strongly that science and politics can’t be divorced and that we need to take bold measures to not only communicate science but also to aggressively engage the denialists and politicians who attack climate science and its scientists.
A committee from the House of Representatives has also released a study suggesting possible roles for the federal government and international partners in the controversial field of climate engineering, to examine potential consequences of human activity on the environment.
Despite Obama’s whining about the United States lacking a policy to “not only help protect our environment but also create the jobs of the future,” what seems most likely to effect safety and happiness is for presidential leadership like that of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and George W. Bush, in order to increase environmental conservation.
Right effort in the right direction starts with increasing America’s capacity to develop clean energy, such as geothermal sources, generating electricity without emitting carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases and toward the full implementation of a hydrogen economy.
Peter Hoffman, Tomorrow’s Energy: Hydrogen, Fuel Cells, and the Prospects for a Cleaner Planet (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2002).