Thursday, February 23, 2017

Scientists Write President Trump Regarding Climate Action

Over the last few decades, battles have emerged all over the world regarding the ever changing climate in the world.  Regardless of your personal opinion, science states that change (in climate) is on the horizon.  Although, the models which scientists use are continually optimized to better handle changing conditions along with future predictions.  This optimization process is takes a considerable amount of time (a.k. a. science research).  Which is why the United States joining the Paris Climate Agreement last year was critical to the future.

The Paris Climate Agreement is important for many reasons.  Setting a target is important.  This has become increasingly important seeing that our new Congress just passed a law which allows Coal plants to be exempt from damaging streams when blowing up the top of a mountain for mining purposes.  The debris that is launched into the air and streams will have unintended and unknown consequences which remain to be explored.    The transition toward clean energy is extremely important.  Clean energy is not clean coal energy -- do not be fooled.

I find myself baffled by the actions of our elected representatives.  I understand that during his campaign for the office of the presidency, President Trump stated his views on climate change which ran counter to the prevailing view held by thousands of scientists.  In a recent blog post, those views along with other important scientific issues were ambiguously answered.

Now, with President Trump's new choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency -- Scott Pruitt -- the current state of affairs regarding climate change seems to have returned to the 'wild west'.  This is a dangerous state.  Especially, when you consider even a Republican Senator (Susan Collins) voting against nominee Scott Pruitt for reasons that are centered around climate change.  In a recent blog post, I displayed her letter of opposition which is beautifully laid out and simple to digest.

Additionally, ignoring the opposition toward believing that climate change is real, scientists have banded together and sent President Trump a letter just before he assumed office.  The letter is stated below.  After the letter, you can read the 236 signatures of heads of universities which provide a tremendous amount of research on renewable energy and climate change.  These scientists are 'heavy hitters' of science and research surrounding the future of our planet.  To ignore the advice is astounding.  But based on the actions over the 30 days with this administration, I thought that a reminder might be in order.  A reminder of how the current administration along with congress seems to be headed in one direction, while scientists are headed in another.

Without further ado, here is the letter which was sent to the President just before he assumed office.  The original letter is provided at '':

Dear President-elect Trump and Members of the United States Congress, 
We, the undersigned leaders of higher education institutions throughout the United States, recognize our academic and ethical responsibilities to current and future generations to take aggressive climate action; to reduce our sector’s carbon pollution, to support interdisciplinary climate education, and to continue research that expands our understanding of rapidly changing earth systems. We are committed to developing and deploying innovative climate solutions that provide a prosperous future for all Americans. 
We join our colleagues in the business and investment communities in supporting the science-based targets outlined in the Paris Climate Agreement. In fact, many of our institutions have voluntarily set even more aggressive carbon reduction goals to lead our sector forward and to demonstrate what is possible for others. 
Therefore, we ask that you support the following: 
1. Participation in the Paris Agreement, with the resulting national carbon reduction and clean energy targets, to protect the health of our current communities and our future generations. 
2. Research in our academic institutions and in federal agencies to ensure that our national climate, energy, and security policies are based on leading scientific and technical knowledge. 
3. Investments in the low carbon economy as part of a resilient infrastructure to ensure the country can adapt to changing climate hazards. These investments will also help grow American jobs and businesses. 
The upcoming transition of federal leadership presents a unique opportunity to address head-on the challenges of climate change by accelerating the new energy economy and creating strong, resilient communities. This is particularly important for those in our communities most vulnerable to climate change. Your support for these three areas is a critical investment in the future of the millions of students we serve. We will continue to prepare graduates for the workforce as well as lead in world-class research and innovation in order to secure a healthier and more prosperous future for all. 
We stand ready to assist your incoming Administration and congressional representatives to embrace this opportunity for the nation to meet these unprecedented global challenges. 

1) Raymond Crossman, President, Adler University

2) Elizabeth Kiss, President, Agnes Scott College

3) Don Bantz, President, Alaska Pacific University

4) James Mullen, President, Allegheny College

5) Karan Powell, President, American Public University System

6) Sara Wenger Shenk, President, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary

7) Thomas Manley, President, Antioch College (OH)

8) William Groves, Interim Chancellor, Antioch University

9) Melinda Treadwell, Provost, Antioch University New England

10) Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University

11) Paul Pribbenow, President, Augsburg College

12) Leon Botstein, President, Bard College

13) Debora Spar, President, Barnard College

14) Laura Coleman, President, Bay de Noc Community College

15) Jill Wakefield, Interim President, Bellevue College

16) Mariko Silver, President, Bennington College

17) Terrence Leas, President, Big Bend Community College

18) Glen LeRoy, President, Boston Architectural College

19) Mickey Burnim, President, Bowie State University

20) Christina Paxson, President, Brown University

21) John Bravman, President, Bucknell University

22) Pam Eddinger, President, Bunker Hill Community College

23) Christopher Kimball, President, California Lutheran University

24) Timothy White, Chancellor, California State University System

25) Horace Mitchell, President, California State University-Bakersfield

26) Gayle Hutchinson, President, California State University-Chico

27) Jane Conoley, President, California State University-Long Beach

29) Eduardo Ochoa, President, California State University-Monterey Bay

30) Dianne Harrison, President, California State University-Northridge

31) Robert Nelsen, President, California State University-Sacramento

32) Gregory Smith, President, Central Community College

33) James Gaudino, President, Central Washington University

34) Robert Mohrbacher, President, Centralia College

35) Donald Laackman, President, Champlain College

36) William Guerriero, Interim President, Chandler-Gilbert Community College

37) David Finegold, President, Chatham University

38) David Angel, President, Clark University

39) Anthony Collins, President, Clarkson University

40) Ronald Berkman, President, Cleveland State University

41) David McInally, President, Coe College

42) Susan Stuebner, President, Colby-Sawyer College

43) Brian Casey, President, Colgate University

44) David Coon, President/Superintendent, College of Marin

45) Diana Morris, President, College of Menominee Nation

46) Darron Collins, President, College of the Atlantic

47) Richard Cummins, President, Columbia Basin College

48) Joyce Judy, President, Community College of Vermont

49) Brian Murphy, President, De Anza College

50) Jean Goodnow, President, Delta College

51) Neil Weissman, Acting President, Dickinson College

52) Earl Martin, President, Drake University

53) MaryAnn Baenninger, President, Drew University

54) Elsa Nunez, President, Eastern Connecticut State University

55) Lee Snyder, President, Eastern Mennonite University

56) Jean Hernandez, President, Edmonds Community College

57) Leo Lambert, President, Elon University

58) Lee Pelton, President, Emerson College

59) Jake Schrum, President, Emory & Henry College

60) Joyce Brown, President, Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY)

61) James Anderson, Chancellor, Fayetteville State University

62) Anne Prisco, President, Felician University

63) Frank Sims, Interim President, Fisk University

64) Wilson G. Bradshaw, President, Florida Gulf Coast University

65) Thuy Nguyen, President, Foothill College

66) Judy Miner, Chancellor, Foothill-De Anza Community College District System

67) Dene Thomas, President, Fort Lewis College

68) Javier Cevallos, President, Framingham State University

69) Daniel Porterfield, President, Franklin & Marshall College

70) Ronald Nowaczyk, President, Frostburg State University

71) Elizabeth Davis, President, Furman University

72) Roberta Cordano, President, Gallaudet University

73) Joseph Marbach, President, Georgian Court University

74) Thayne McCulloh, President, Gonzaga University

75) James Brenneman, President, Goshen College

76) José A. Bowen, President, Goucher College

77) Elaine Maimon, President, Governors State University

78) Jim Minkler, President, Grays Harbor College

79) Robert Allen, President, Green Mountain College

80) Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College

81) Kimberly Benston, President, Haverford College

82) William Maki, President, Hibbing Community College

83) Mark Gearan, President, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

84) Lisa Rossbacher, President, Humboldt State University

85) Larry Dietz, President, Illinois State University

86) William Lowe, Chancellor, Indiana University Northwest

87) James Di Liberto, President, Island Drafting and Technical Institute

88) Jorge Gonzalez, President, Kalamazoo College

89) Marilyn Schlack, President, Kalamazoo Valley Community College

90) Alison Byerly, President, Lafayette College

91) Thomas Pleger, President, Lake Superior State University

92) Linda Lujan, President, Lamar Community College

93) Mary Spilde, President, Lane Community College

94) Lewis Thayne, President, Lebanon Valley College

95) Thomas Hellie, President, Linfield College

96) Jo Ann Rooney, President, Loyola University Chicago

97) Brian Linnane, President, Loyola University Maryland

98) Kenneth Garren, President, Lynchburg College

99) Brian Rosenberg, President, Macalester College

100) Sasan Poureetezadi, Interim President, Mesa Community College

101) John Anderson, President, Millersville University of Pennsylvania

102) Elizabeth Hillman, President, Mills College

103) Vicki Martin, President, Milwaukee Area Technical College

104) Sharon Pierce, President, Minneapolis Community and Technical College

105) Sylvia Jenkins, President, Moraine Valley Community College

106) Debra Derr, President, Mt. Hood Community College

107) Charles Lief, President, Naropa University

108) Sue Henderson, President, New Jersey City University

109) Andrew Hamilton, President, New York University

110) Harold Martin, Sr., Chancellor, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

111) Johnson Akinleye, Acting Chancellor, North Carolina Central University

112) Warren Brown, President, North Seattle College

113) Patricia Gentile, President, North Shore Community College

114) Michael Miller, President, Northland College

115) John Jasinski, President, Northwest Missouri State University

116) Joianne Smith, President, Oakton Community College

117) Marvin Krislov, President, Oberlin College

118) Jonathan Veitch, President, Occidental College

119) Roderick McDavis, President, Ohio University

120) Edward Ray, President, Oregon State University

121) Thomas Krise, President, Pacific Lutheran University

122) Paul Dale, President, Paradise Valley Community College

123) Cathy Dove, President, Paul Smith’s College

124) Melvin Oliver, President, Pitzer College

125) David Oxtoby, President, Pomona College

126) Mark Mitsui, President, Portland Community College

127) Wim Wiewel, President, Portland State University

128) John Flicker, President, Prescott College

129) Carlee Drummer, President, Quinebaug Valley Community College

130) Bradley Bateman, President, Randolph College

131) Michael McDonough, President, Raritan Valley Community College

132) William Destler, President, Rochester Institute of Technology

133) Donald Farish, President, Roger Williams University

134) Nancy Cantor, Chancellor, Rutgers the State University of New Jersey Newark Campus

135) James Dlugos, President, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine

136) Patricia Meservey, President, Salem State University

137) Kathryn Jeffery, Superintendent/President, Santa Monica College

138) Elissa Tenny, President, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

139) Jan Gehler, President, Scottsdale Community College

140) Sheila Edwards Lange, President, Seattle Central College

141) Shouan Pan, Chancellor, Seattle Colleges

142) Susan Hencking, President, Shimer College

143) Cheryl Roberts, President, Shoreline Community College

144) Edward Coughlin, President, Siena College

145) Tom Keegan, President, Skagit Valley College

146) Philip Glotzbach, President, Skidmore College

147) Kathleen McCartney, President, Smith College

148) Gary Oertli, President, South Seattle College

149) Joe Bertolino, President, Southern Connecticut State University

150) Mary-Beth Cooper, President, Springfield College

151) Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor, State University of New York (SUNY)

152) James Stellar, Interim President, State University of New York at Albany

153) Harvey Stenger, President, State University of New York at Binghamton

154) Satish Tripathi, President, State University of New York at Buffalo

155) Virginia Horvath, President, State University of New York at Fredonia

156) Donald Christian, President, State University of New York at New Paltz

157) Samuel Stanley, President, State University of New York at Stony Brook

158) Heidi Macpherson, President, State University of New York College at Brockport

159) Katherine Conway-Turner, President, State University of New York College at Buffalo

160) Erik Bitterbaum, President, State University of New York College at Cortland

161) Denise Battles, President, State University of New York College at Geneseo

162) Nancy Kleniewski, President, State University of New York College at Oneonta

163) Deborah Stanley, President, State University of New York College at Oswego

164) John Ettling, President, State University of New York College at Plattsburgh

165) Kristin Esterberg, President, State University of New York College at Potsdam

166)Quentin Wheeler, President, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

167) Merodie Hancock, President, State University of New York Empire State College

168) Harvey Kesselman, President, Stockton University

169) Cliff Wood, President, SUNY Rockland Community College

170) Valerie Smith, President, Swarthmore College

171) Barbara Gitenstein, President, The College of New Jersey

172) George Bridges, President, The Evergreen State College

173) Steven Knapp, President, The George Washington University

174) Kim Schatzel, President, Towson University

175) Karin Hilgersom, President, Truckee Meadows Community College

176) Anthony Monaco, President, Tufts University

177) Stephen Ainlay, President, Union College

178) Melik Khoury, President, Unity College

179) Ann Hart, President, University of Arizona

180) Nicholas Dirks, Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley

181) Ralph Hexter, Acting Chancellor, University of California, Davis

182) Howard Gillman, Chancellor, University of California, Irvine

183) Gene Block, Chancellor, University of California, Los Angeles

184) Dorothy Leland, Chancellor, University of California, Merced

185) Kim Wilcox, Chancellor, University of California, Riverside

186) Pradeep Khosla, Chancellor, University of California, San Diego

187) Sam Hawgood, Chancellor, University of California, San Francisco

188) Henry Yang, Chancellor, University of California, Santa Barbara

189) George Blumenthal, Chancellor, University of California, Santa Cruz

190) Charles Ambrose, President, University of Central Missouri

191) Susan Herbst, President, University of Connecticut

192) Eric Spina, President, University of Dayton

193) Helen Cox, Chancellor, University of Hawai’i Kaua’i Community College

194) David Lassner, President, University of Hawai’i System

195) Michael Amiridis, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago

196) Robert Jones, Chancellor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

197) Timothy Killeen, President, University of Illinois System

198) Bruce Harreld, President, University of Iowa

199) Kathryn Foster, President, University of Maine at Farmington

200) Freeman Hrabowski III, President, University of Maryland Baltimore County

201) Donald Boesch, President, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

202) Kumble Subbaswamy, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Amherst

203) Fred Wood, Chancellor, University of Minnesota-Crookston

204) Lendley Black, Chancellor, University of Minnesota-Duluth

205) Jacqueline Johnson, Chancellor, University of Minnesota-Morris

206) Danielle Ripich, President, University of New England

207) Mark Huddleston, President, University of New Hampshire

208) Philip Dubois, Chancellor, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

209) Jim Wohlpart, Interim President, University of Northern Iowa

210) Isiaah Crawford, President, University of Puget Sound

211) Ralph Kuncl, President, University of Redlands

212) David Dooley, President, University of Rhode Island

213) Sophia Wisniewska, President, University of South Florida St. Petersburg

214) Rodney Smith, President, University of The Bahamas

215) Mark Pagano, Chancellor, University of Washington, Tacoma

216) James Schmidt, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

217) Dean Van Galen, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-River Falls

218) Bernie Patterson, Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

219) Robert Caret, Chancellor, University System of Maryland

220) Marc Mihaly, President and Dean, Vermont Law School

221) Peter Donohue, President, Villanova University

222) Scott Miller, President, Virginia Wesleyan College

223) Rose Bellanca, President, Washtenaw Community College

224) Jonathan Gibralter, President, Wells College

225) Jim Richardson, President, Wenatchee Valley College

226) Michael Roth, President, Wesleyan University

227) John Dunn, President, Western Michigan University

228) Lee Rasch, President, Western Technical College

229) Sabah Randhawa, President, Western Washington University

230) Ramon Torrechila, President, Westfield State University

231) Kathi Hiyane-Brown, President, Whatcom Community College

232)Dennis Hanno, President, Wheaton College (MA)

233) David Chard, President, Wheelock College

234) Kathleen Murray, President, Whitman College

235) Stephen Thorsett, President, Willamette University

236) Adam Falk, President, Williams College

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