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US Abandons Global Science Leadership, Zeroes Out IPCC Funding


US Abandons Global Science Leadership, Zeroes Out IPCC Funding

Brenda Ekwurzel

In stark contrast to the leadership role the US has historically contributed to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the enacted 2017 U.S. Budget zeroes out funding for the institution.


The fossil fuel industry receives a lot of criticism these days, and rightfully so. But in the final analysis, we are the ones who support the energy industry and it is our standard of living that will need to change. So contemplate what you can do for the cause

Personal Actions
End our love affair with the automobile
Ride more trains and buses
Car pool
Walk and bike more
Turn off the air conditioner in the summer and dial the thermostat down in winter
Become vegetarians or vegans
Refill plastic bottles with tap water
Discontinue using aluminum cans with and without carbonation
Maximize use of reusable bags and products
Recycle junk mail
Forego fast junk food
Go to “slow food”;
Recycle maximally, especially aluminum cans
Drive and accelerate more slowly
Climb more stairs
Plant more trees
Forego use of spray cans
Ride more trains and buses
Repair, mend and alter as much as possible
Buy solar panels
Compost as much as possible
Last person out of the room turn off the lights
Eat and farm organic
Ride more trains and buses
Fly fewer planes
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Use manual tools instead of power tools
Share more
Use rakes rather than leaf blowers
Decrease use of bottled water and refill plastic bottles with tap water
Maximize reusable bags and products
Push rather than power small mowers
Replace lawns with vegetable gardens
Stop fertilizing and mowing lawns
Compost as much as possible
Minimize use of disposables (Pampers);
Maximize high efficiency LED and solar powered lighting;
Limit endless gadgets
Use motion lighting, where appropriate

Local Government Actions
Reorganize cities, building taller residences with a smaller footprint (the end of suburbia)
Institute a carbon tax
Promote car pooling subsidize and expand mass transit
Expand bike paths
Have shareable (zip) cars
Ban electric outdoor signs;
Eat and farm organic
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Eliminate approximately 50% of all street lighting and office lighting in unoccupied buildings
eliminate “fast junk food”; go to “slow food

Federal Government Actions
Ban gasohol
Rein in the militaries for defense only and outlaw war
Discontinue night baseball
Make electronics, house wares, furniture, etc to be as durable and long-lived as possible
Recycle maximally
Make appliances to be as energy efficient as possible
Discontinue aluminum cans
Ban electric outdoor signs
Maximize solar and wind power;
Change from petroleum based fertilizers to regenerative agriculture
Reverse deforestation, plant more trees
Restrict spray cans
Promote conference calls and web cams, fewer meetings
Promote zero population growth with free condoms and family planning world-wide
End yearly auto model changes;
Proscribe junk mail
Scrap the mission to Mars


Won’t happen.
The lazy selfish bastards that we so obviously are would rather 90% of the world’s population die first.
Remember, the 1% own most of it and are in control - so they will look after their own.
The rest of us can rot in the sun.


What I really wish people would take away from articles like this is how fast all of it is happening. We are going from the number one leadership position to some fringe sideshow operation-like Trump himself. All this effort by the media to “normalize” the administration is pure unadulterated insanity, much of it done for ratings.

I don’t see us quickly regaining a leadership position on environmental issues. Rather, I see us as the mentally ill country on the block whose “leader” pandered to the lowest common denominator of the country’s society. Sorry to put it in such stark terms, but I think you are kidding yourself if you think we can quickly get back to where we were when ultimately Trump is gone. That’s not the way this kind of thing works. He’s already dropped artillery: On the EPA. Embarrassing us permanently.


There are still a lot of first rate scientists in the US and the western world.

More and more I am separating the USA [political] from the United States [people] from America [the idea declared by Thomas Jefferson].

The idea is not dead - America is a work in progress - as are all nations, and for that matter - all people and their institutions.

I’ve just turned this corner - after a very bad bout of pessimism.

Ciao from Calgary


I worked around scientists at the University of California and the Salk Institute, San Diego. Also Scripps Oceanography, San Diego. The science community, is to a great degree, in their own world, and by necessity, mostly apolitical (they simply don’t have time).
What I’ve see happening is you have an ever growing group of people who would be terrified of a metric flask making all kinds of decisions FOR the science community in this country. Either people rise up and stop it or in twenty years it is going to be quite ugly. There is a lot of power there-and we are right on the cusp of misuse that will make anything that happened it the 1950’s pale in comparison.

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