Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Do climate scientists require Federal Government funding? The answer surprisingly appears to be no; President Obama’s former Federal Climate Advisory Committee have secured other sources of funding, to enable them to continue work previously funded by the Obama administration.
Climate scientists exiled by Donald Trump to reconvene at Columbia University and continue research
Richard Moss of University of Maryland to reunite peers from disbanded federal advisory panel at New York institution to resume work into global warming
Eric Roston Friday 5 January 2018 14:57 GMT
Columbia University’s Earth Institute has hired one of the committee’s researchers, Richard Moss of the University of Maryland, who will reconvene most of the former panel members and produce the same report.
The shadow panel, announced on Thursday, is the latest example of how President Donald Trump’s antipathy towards climate change research and policy is pushing scientists into internal exile.
As a visiting scientist, Moss and the panel will produce the report, which is an addendum to the quadrennial National Climate Assessment, released in early November, that focuses on local impacts of the warming world. The effort is expected to receive some financial backing from New York State as well as administrative support from the American Meteorological Society, a professional group based in Boston. The report will be available for public and peer review in June.
New York State wants the committee to “continue its critical work without political interference and provide the guidance needed to adapt to a changing climate,” it said in a statement.
This isn’t the only time climate scientists fired by a Federal Government have secured their own funding. Our old friend Tim Flannery formed the independently funded Climate Council when Flannery’s funding was withdrawn by the Abbott government.
As former Prime Minister Abbott said at the time;
… “I suspect we might find the particular position you refer to might go with them,” Mr Abbott told 2GB’s Ray Hadley when asked about Professor Flannery.
“It does sound like an unnecessary position given the gentlemen in question gives us the benefit of his views without needing taxpayer funding.” …
Talk about win / win. Taxpayers save some money, Climate Scientists get to continue their work without fear of Federal Government political interference. Everyone is happy.