Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apparently had to visit Glacier National Park by himself last Sunday, after the US government reversed a decision to send a climate scientist to attend his presence.
Exclusive: Trump administration pulled top climate expert from Mark Zuckerberg’s national park visit
A climate change expert at the United States Geological Survey was set to join Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg in Montana last weekend to discuss the impact of global warming at Glacier National Park, but two sources with knowledge of the matter say the scientist was pulled from the visit by the U.S. Department of Interior just days before the event.
The decision has provoked suspicion from inside the USGS that the scientist’s appearance was canceled to minimize attention to the issue of climate change, according to one source.
Heather Swift, press secretary for the Interior Department, did not address directly that the climate scientist was pulled from the visit. Instead, she sent the following written statement to Mic:
“After reviewing the event proposal which was sent to the National Park Service, the NPS and Interior made a number of park officials available for the personal tour. He was given first-class treatment by the park rangers and had the opportunity to interact with a number of park officials and Gracie the ‘bark ranger’ during his visit, which came at the height of the busy season. Allocating government funds, personnel, and resources responsibly is the definition of good government and something we are dedicated to advancing at the department.”
The drop-ins, which Zuckerberg has documented on his personal social media channels, have taken him and Chan across the United States, raising speculation in political circles that Zuckerberg may be gearing up for a run for president in the future.
Zuckerberg has dismissed the idea that he’s planning to run for office.
I must admit I had never heard of this public facility. Can I request a US government climate scientist be provided to attend my needs, if I ever visit Glacier National Park? Or is this sort of service only a possibility for visiting Royalty and Silicon Valley CEOs?