The American Meteorological Society just sent Secretary of Energy Rick Perry a letter condemning him for denying the “indisputable findings” which prove that human activity is the main cause of global warming.
Perry provoked outrage from the scientific community when he said Monday that human-caused carbon dioxide emissions were not the main cause of global warming, saying instead that “most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment we live in.”
In their letter, the team of weather scientists plead with Perry to grasp a “fundamental understanding” of science and take action to protect the planet.
The full letter can be read here:
“In a recent CNBC interview, you stated that you do not agree that carbon dioxide is the primary driver of the global warming that is evident in the temperature records over recent decades. While you acknowledged that the climate is changing and that humans are having an impact on it, it is critically important that you understand that emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are the primary cause. This is a conclusion based on the comprehensive assessment of scientific evidence. It is based on multiple independent lines of evidence that have been affirmed by thousands of independent scientists and numerous scientific institutions around the world. We are not familiar with any scientific institution with relevant subject matter expertise that has reached a different conclusion. These indisputable findings have shaped our current AMS Statement on Climate Change, which states”
‘It is clear from extensive scientific evidence that the dominant cause of the rapid change in climate of the past half century is human-induced increases in the amount of atmospheric greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide (CO2), chlorofluorocarbons, methane, and nitrous oxide. The most important of these over the long term is CO2, whose concentration in the atmosphere is rising principally as a result of fossil-fuel combustion and deforestation.’
“Without this fundamental understanding of the science, it is impossible to discuss potential policy changes in meaningful ways,” the letter reads. “DOE programs have a major role to play in developing and informing the solutions for our nation’s future energy needs, so it is especially important that the best possible science and understanding is applied to policy issues with respect to DOE programs.”
If Perry’s political history is any indication, it is unlikely he’ll take the opinions of scientists on scientific matters to heart.
As President Trump’s Secretary of Energy, Perry has repeatedly expressed skepticism for renewable energy and enthusiasm for fossil fuels. Recently, he proudly endorsed Trump’s recent decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord, something even many of Trump’s closest advisers condemned.
Even more alarming, as governor of Texas, his administration was once caught censoring references to climate change in an official state report on rising sea levels in Galveston Bay. This is particularly ironic, given his stated belief that “A substantial number of scientists [have] manipulated data to keep the money rolling in.”
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