A startlingly impressive roster of globally leading scientists have just come out in force against Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
These scientists are desperately concerned that the businessman turned presidential contender’s disregard of the facts of climate change will set the world back several steps in the fight to stop the global climate disaster, should Trump become president.
The scientists voiced their concern through an open letter published on Tuesday and hosted at the website Responsiblescientists.org. The only other feature of the site is multiple calls for inquiries, with the scientists evidently happily ready to answer any questions from journalists about the letter and/or climate change itself.
Trump made his lack of concern for climate change well known as his campaign hurtled towards the Republican presidential nomination earlier this year. He asserted in May, for example, that he would “cancel” the global climate agreement signed late last year in Paris.
This historic agreement, one which Donald Trump is so ready to turn into nothing more than a relic, boasts one of the longest lists of signatory countries of any similar agreement ever. The countries signed on to the Paris climate agreement have agreed to specific and measurable metrics by which to curb their respective greenhouse gas emissions.
The prospect of such a fate for the “small but historic and vital first step towards more enlightened stewardship of Earth’s climate system” was evidently enough to spark serious concern among the 375 scientists who signed the open letter published Tuesday.
These scientists write:
‘[I]t is of great concern that the Republican nominee for President has advocated U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Accord. A “Parexit” would send a clear signal to the rest of the world: “The United States does not care about the global problem of human-caused climate change. You are on your own.”‘
The letter goes on to discuss the highly uncertain future for the global fight against climate change under such a set of circumstances, writing that such a “decision would make it far more difficult to develop effective global strategies for mitigating and adapting to climate change.”
The signatories of the letter included world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and former Harvard biology professor E.O. Wilson, commonly known as the “father of biodiversity,” according to the Huffington Post.
Wilson has already spoken out against Trump, having said in a Huffington Post interview from earlier in September that his “main worry right now is that the Republican candidate might win the election.”
Although famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson did not sign the letter, he spoke in favor of the same principles in a Tuesday statement to Mashable, saying:
‘For lawmakers to not heed the advice of esteemed scientists on matters of science, in this the 21st century, signals the beginning of the end of an informed democracy.’
And there are millions of Americans who, under the leadership of Donald Trump, are ready and willing to see that end, in some kind of suicidal apocalyptic cult-ish pact. According to FiveThirtyEight, the Republican presidential nominee currently sits at about a 43 percent chance of winning the presidency, were the election held today.
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