In time, there will be a so-called “brain drain” of leading climate experts who will leave the US to escape the noxious fumes of the Trump Administration.
From the article:
“…Congress needs to exercise its constitutional powers and keep the executive branch in check.”
Congress abdicated its Constitutional powers in allowing HS Truman to wage war—er, “police action”—on the Korean peninsula. In the intervening years, Congress has only retreated further into euphemism and dithering, apart from occasional outbreaks of courage by such rare individuals as William Fulbright, Ron Paul and Paul Wellstone. Keeping Twitler in check is the job nobody seems to want.
Let’s not scapegoat - the American Public is illiterate as regards science and climate change - uneducated - opting for religion instead, like most people on Earth.
Just in, from The Guardian (1), source ‘Nature Climate Change’ (2):
Manoj Joshi, a co-author of the study from the University of East Anglia (UEA), said: “Our research predicts that aridification would emerge over about 20 to 30% of the world’s land surface by the time the global mean temperature change reaches 2C. But two-thirds of the affected regions could avoid significant aridification if warming is limited to 1.5C.” (1)
Prof Tim Osborn, also one of the study’s co-authors from UEA, said: “The areas of the world which would most benefit from keeping warming below 1.5C are parts of south-east Asia, southern Europe, southern Africa, Central America and southern Australia where more than 20% of the world’s population live today.” (1)
Keeping global warming within 1.5 °C constrains emergence of aridification (2)
It isn’t only climate scientists who will be leaving. The way the repubs are cutting funding for scientific research of all kinds will drive quite a few scientist in other fields out, and even worse, prevent many more from even coming. When you look at American scientists who have won Nobel prizes, quite a lot of them are not native born citizens, but rather immigrants who came to the US because of the opportunities that used to be available in our universities. Many of the STEM departments in major universities depend on foreign students to fill out their classes and do their teaching duties. When that flow slows to a trickle, then those departments will either be greatly diminished or go out of existence altogether. Drumpf hasn’t initiated the problem, but he has accelerated it greatly.
" like most people on Earth."
Have to question that statement. Most of the world is quite aware of climate change and accepts it. And also, the US holds a unique position among developed nations regarding religion in that a far greater percentage of Americans believe orthodox or right wing religion than in any other western country with the possible exception of Ireland and maybe Poland. But even those countries accept global warming.
It’s not just climate scientists who’ll be leaving. The “noxious fumes” of Tweetle-Dumb’s administration will drive a huge number of rational people out of the government and eventually even from the universities — especially public universities dependent on Federal assistance. And it’s not just Trump and his immediate cabal of idiots driving this — there’s a large faction of anti-science, pro-superstition Funny-Dementalist so-called “christians” hell-bent on subverting education to their theocratic goals. Marco Rubio, Betsy DeVos,
Mike Pence and Ted Cruz are just the tip of the iceberg.
How on earth Tweetle-Dumb and his followers expect the U.S. to remain technologically competitive with the rest of the world over the next decade or two is beyond me. OTOH, the utter collapse of the U.S. would undoubtedly be a good thing for the rest of humanity — if they can somehow avoid being taken down with us.
The above may be the most important statement posted today. It should be on billboards everywhere!
Einstein came here to live. I don’t think he would now.