The War Against Science with Joel Clement

WED, NOV 15, 2017 (1:42:10)

Directly after the 2017 UN Conference on Climate Change in Bonn, Joel Clement, environmental scientist and former employee of the Department of the Interior, shares his story about resigning and filing a whistleblower complaint against the Trump Administration’s actions of suddenly relocating over 50 employees. Following Clement’s account is a conversation about climate change policy with environmental scientists H. Curtis Spalding, Professor at Brown University, and Andrew Rosenberg, Director for Science and Democracy at Union of Concerned Scientists. This talk is moderated by Timothy Weiskeli. (Image: Flicker/Sébastien Duyck/CC BY-ND 2.0)

+ BIO: Joel Clement

In 2017, Joel Clement - an environmental scientist and policy expert - resigned his post as a senior Department of the Interior official over the suppression of facts about implications of climate change on human populations. He cited the department’s “poor leadership, waste, and failures on climate change.”

+ BIO: H. Curtis Spalding

Previously the Regional Administrator of EPA Region 1 New England and the former Executive Director of Save the Bay, H. Curtis “Curt” Spalding has extensive experience in the environmental protection field as an advocate, policy analyst and administrator. He currently works at Brown University as a Professor of the Practice of Environment and Society.

+ BIO: Andrew Rosenberg

Andrew A. Rosenberg is director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He has more than 25 years of experience in government service and academic and non-profit leadership. He is the author of scores of peer-reviewed studies and reports on fisheries and ocean management and has published on the intersection between science and policy making.

+ BIO: Timothy C. Weiskel, DPhil

Weiskel has published several books and articles including Environmental Decline and Public Policy: Pattern, Trend and Prospect (Pierian Press, 1992), which is based upon his 1988 testimony presented to the United States Senate in support of legislation to limit carbon emissions. His current research concentrates upon belief systems within cultures and how core cultural beliefs can either facilitate change or block change over time. In 2001, he co-founded The Climate Talks Project along with Professor William Moomaw of the Fletcher School at Tufts University. This group has convened scholars, business leaders, nongovernmental organization activists, journalists, and concerned citizens to discuss effective means of mobilizing civil society to respond to the evolving global climate crisis. Currently he is the Research Director at the Cambridge Climate Research Associates.

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