California Gov. Jerry Brown is “ready to fight” President-elect Donald Trump on climate change and has assembled a team of scientists and lawyers for the battle.
Speaking to thousands of “anxious” scientists at the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting on Wednesday, Brown assured they don’t need to fret over Trump’s climate-skeptic cabinet picks or spend another minute worrying that “science is about to be thrown out the window,” as Scientific American put it.
“We have the scientists, we have the lawyers and we are ready to fight!” the governor said. “And California is no stranger to this fight. Our emission standards, our energy rules, drove U.S. policy. Whatever Washington thinks it is doing, California is the future.”
These words gave relief to many of the scientists in attendance who have been concerned that Trump's view discredits the “settled” science on global warming/climate change. They often cheered loudly during Brown’s speech.
From SA’s report:
Brown urged scientists to take the long view. “This is not one battle. This is a long slog,” he said. One election and a presidential term does not set policy forever, he noted. Scientists, he said to more cheers, are truth-tellers and truth-seekers. “I’ve been doing this a long time,” he said, “and eventually the truth will prevail.” In fact, he added, the election should energize the research community in a needed way. A lot of scientists and policy makers may have been quietly pushing for actions to combat warming, he said, but not pushing very hard. “You know that sometimes you need a heart attack to stop smoking?” he asked. “Well, maybe we just got our heart attack.”
A lot of scientists were fearful because the Trump transition team has asked the DoE [Department of Energy] for names of employees who worked on climate research and were members of certain science groups. On Tuesday the department said it would not reply to a list of 74 questions designed to root out such information. Brown told the crowd that his state would brook no political interference in the research done at the many national labs operated by the University of California.
American Geophysical Union’s Eric Davidson expressed relief that “California has our backs,” but said support would have to come “from all 435 House districts and 100 senators.” The union, he said, must be protected as “safe places for science” and “free from all forms of harassment.”
The last word goes to David Burge: