He made it perfectly clear where he stood
Refusal to Acknowledge Climate Change
His final point is that “Climate Change Is Real and It’s Dangerous.” He explains that although he has pointed out the concerns of Alaskan native communities facing climate change, “many other Americans are facing climate impacts head on.”
“Families in the path of devastating hurricanes, businesses in coastal communities experiencing frequent and severe flooding, fishermen pulling up empty nets due to warming seas, medical professionals working to understand new disease vectors, farming communities hit by floods of biblical proportions, and owners of forestlands laid waste by invasive insects. These are just a few of the impacts Americans face. If the Trump administration continues to try to silence experts in science, health and other fields, many more Americans, and the natural ecosystems upon which they depend, will be put at risk.”
He concedes that the solutions to climate change will be “complex,” but says they will be “exponentially less difficult and expensive than waiting until tragedy strikes — as we have seen with Houston, Florida, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico — and there is no time to waste.”
It may be confusing to many why a presidential administration would ignore such pressing concerns, but Clement explains that it is likely correlated with their special interests in industries that create climate change. “Secretary Zinke: It is well known that you, Deputy Secretary David Bernhardt, and President Trump are shackled to special interests such as oil, gas, and mining,” he writes. “You are unwilling to lead on climate change, and cannot be trusted with our nation’s natural resources.”
He concludes his letter by saying:
”My thoughts and wishes are with the career women and men who remain at DOI. I encourage them to persist when possible, resist when necessary, and speak truth to power so the institution may recover and thrive once this assault on its mission is over.”
You can read Clement’s full resignation here.
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