Under Donald Blowhard Trump, Republican thought leaders continue implementing their lifelong dream of kicking objective reality in the shins because reasons.
The Environmental Protection Agency has canceled the speaking appearance of three agency scientists who were scheduled to discuss climate change at a conference on Monday in Rhode Island, according to the agency and several people involved.
John Konkus, an E.P.A. spokesman and a former Trump campaign operative in Florida, confirmed that agency scientists would not speak at the State of the Narragansett Bay and Watershed program in Providence. He provided no further explanation.
The “former Trump campaign operative” is of course sufficient explanation on its own. As for what the scientists are being barred from discussing:
Scientists there will unveil the report on the state of [Narragansett Bay], which E.P.A. scientists helped research and write. Among the findings will be that climate change is affecting air
water temperatures, precipitation, sea level and fish in and around the estuary.
No Republican has offered up what they believe the end game is in these efforts to prohibit discussions of the plain truth of climate change. The seas will not stop rising because little lord Konkus here is forbidding anyone from looking; the fish will not obligingly stay where we want them to be, and the planet’s weather patterns will continue to shift in ways that will be, at the very least, expensive to adapt to. The “conservative” ideology of purging scientists who bring it up will result in a staggering lack of preparation for those inevitable changes, but will not slow those changes in the slightest. It’s happening. It will continue to happen. It will get measurably worse with each additional ton of muck we pump into the atmosphere today, tomorrow, and next year.
The only identifiable ideology here—short of egregious stupidity, which cannot be discounted—is that Scott Pruitt and others demanding silence on the most salient environmental issue in human history are so addicted to grift that they are willing to sell out the whole damn species if it means certain companies and certain lobbyists will continue to take their phone calls.