Another move has been finalized by the Trump administration to support the President’s viewpoint that climate change is merely a hoax.
The Trump administration has ordered an inter-agency panel created by President Barack Obama, charged with helping cities find avenues to effectively deal with the effects of climate change, to disband.
Harvard University professor Jesse Keenan, a specialist in climate adaptation who chaired the panel, confirmed their most recent meeting would be their last, according to Bloomberg News. He lamented that the group served as “one of the last federal bodies that openly talked about climate change in public.”
A spokeswoman for the Department of Commerce’s National Institute for Standards and Technology explained that the panel would be replaced with a forthcoming workshop scheduled for February 2018, emphasizing that agency employees were not political appointees and that the general consensus was that their work regarding climate change would be better served in a workshop format.
The NIST’s Community Resilience Program, according to spokeswoman Jennifer Huergo, was never politically coerced to end the panel’s existence, making its decision to terminate the panel after extensively assessing its goals and mission in light of the best way to achieve those ends.
The panel, created by Obama in 2015, included representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other agencies. Its purpose was to show cities across the country better ways to become more resilient in the face of climate change and destructive rising sea levels.
Keenan, who like his fellow panel members, was a non-paid participant, countered that the Trump administration’s decision to kill its activities effectively eliminated “the federal government’s primary external engagement for resilience in the built environment.”
President Donald Trump has publicly revealed his contempt for those who believe in climate change, insisting it is merely a “hoax” perpetrated by certain members of the news media and the scientific and environmental communities. Trump has consistently directed that efforts be taken into dismantling governmental policies meant to mitigate climate change since he took office in January of 2017.
In response to charges that the recent strong hurricane season is solid evidence that climate change is, in fact, occurring, the Trump administration still insists it continues to work to promote resilience at the city level. Under discussion, although not yet in force, are new standards requiring infrastructure to be built to withstand future extremes in weather conditions.