The Race To Preserve Climate Data Is On!
Eric Holthaus, the meteorologist that hosts a podcast by the name of "Warm Records", has become the leader of a movement within the scientific community to preserve as much of the available climate data as is possible before Donald Trump takes office on Jan. 20th. In an interview with NPR, he stated the following:
"I wouldn't expect the Trump team to come out and say, you know, by the way, we're going to just delete all of the work that you guys have done for the last decades. I think the most likely scenario is that there will be across-the-board budget cuts in the realm of climate science across multiple parts of the government. NASA and the EPA and the Department of Energy come to mind." (source "a")
While on the one hand, Donald Trump and his team have not indicated specifically that they have intentions of mass-deleting reams of scientific research, there is certainly cause for some concern. Not only has Donald Trump himself made it rather clear what his positions are on these vital issues, but has also granted membership to his cabinet to individuals who likewise deny the science of climate change. In fact, not only do these men (Trump, Bannon (source "b"), et. al) deny these facts, but would financially profit from their denial. I am specifically referring here to Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobile (source "c"), to be the next confirmed Sec. of State. That is a powerful, and influencial, position to place someone who does not respect science. Whether there will, or will not be, a mass-delete of hoards of cumulative scientific data, the policies of the U.S. will reflect those of these new cabinet positions.
These seemingly desparate attempts include what "The Washington Post" refers to as a "guerrilla archiving event" taking place in Toronto, meetings at the University of Pennsylvania, and a grand cooperation among many scientists in online attempts to mirror data onto personal websites supported by private servers. (source "d")
“Doing this can only be a good thing. Hopefully they leave everything in place. But if not, we’re planning for that.”
Source "a" ~ http://www.npr.org/2016/12/14/505592206/scientists-race-to-preserve-climate-change-data-before-trump-takes-office
Source "b" ~ http://www.eenews.net/stories/1060045998
Source "c" ~ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rex_Tillerson
Source "d" ~ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/energy-environment/wp/2016/12/13/scientists-are-frantically-copying-u-s-climate-data-fearing-it-might-vanish-under-trump/?utm_term=.7021c84d8aa7