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Professor Richard Rood Urges "Long View" on Environmental Issues in AGU Journal

Posted: December 4, 2016

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In an article published this week in the American Geophysical Union's EOS journal, Climate & Space Professor Richard Rood advocates for a more considered view of environmental issues under a Trump presidency. The article, "Take the Long View on Environmental Issues in the Age of Trump," identifies several areas of policy potentially at risk under the forthcoming administration and recommends a path out of the current highly politicized atmosphere. 

From the article: 

"Normally, we rely on a politician’s past behavior to frame the future. However, we do not have any record of environmental policy or practice on which to base an analysis of what to expect. Our best information relies on the appointments to his transition team and interpretation of statements he made in the latter part of his campaign.

"Judging by these appointments and statements, I see a strong chance that President Obama’s climate policy will be rapidly disassembled. How do we face this head-on?

"To develop an effective U.S. response to climate change, we must break the politicization of science-based knowledge. The answer is a simple statement. To develop an effective U.S. response to climate change, we must break the politicization of science-based knowledge."

Read the full article here.

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