Over 2,200 American scientists, including 22 Nobel Prize winners, have issued an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump and the 115th Congress, imploring them to not stand in the way of scientific research, specifically on climate change.
Earlier this month Trump tweeted, “Global warming is based on faulty science and manipulated data.” He has also suggested he would seek to withdraw from the accord forged last year in Paris that aims to cut the world’s carbon output over the next decade.
Union of Concerned Scientists’ Center for Science and Democracy director Andrew Rosenberg, whose group organized the letter, said their concern comes not only from comments Trump made during his campaign, but also some of those who have been advising him on energy, the environment and public health. “We need to make sure there’s not political manipulation of the science,” Rosenberg said.
“Now we’re looking at the kinds of people that Trump is appointing, and we have no good reason to be optimistic about what they’re going to do,” said University of California at San Diego physicist Lewis Branscomb, who is also one the letter’s signatories. “We don’t know of course, and we’re not saying they’re going to do anything wrong. We’re simply telling them what we think is going to be important, and hope that they pay attention when they select the senior people in the various agencies that are dealing in science.”