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more moves to eliminate critical climate data

  • 1.  more moves to eliminate critical climate data

    Posted 05-28-2019 15:05

    Willful ignorance by individuals is disappointing. An effort to cultivate willful ignorance at this scale is disastrous. Trump is helping our species hasten its self-destruction.

    Kira Gould
    Kira Gould CONNECT
    Oakland CA

  • 2.  RE: more moves to eliminate critical climate data

    Posted 05-29-2019 18:47
    Hasten its self-destruction?  Please.

    Well, I sure trust the NY Times for objective reporting…  Thank God that California and The Business Case for Zero Carbon Architecture will protect us from Trump's ignorance.

    Dennis Wells AIA
    Oklahoma City OK

  • 3.  RE: more moves to eliminate critical climate data

    Posted 05-29-2019 18:48
    I had the opportunity to serve as a Review Editor on the Fourth National Climate Assessment Report and it was an amazing and humbling experience. There are so many brilliant scientists and researchers hard at work to complete the Congressional mandate to assess climate conditions and  impacts for the U.S. the document is incredibly valuable for all of us.  The idea of curtailing their work to meet some fictional reality is beyond irresponsible and against the requirements set by Congress in 1990. 
    We can't let this happen.

    Mary Ann Lazarus, FAIA LEED Fellow
    Architect and Consultant, Cameron MacAllister Group
    Sustainability Coordinator, University College Washington University in St. Louis
    mobile: 314.805.9332
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  • 4.  RE: more moves to eliminate critical climate data

    Posted 06-03-2019 17:11
    Does it seem like the people who most often speak out against taking action to reduce climate change are often from major fossil fuel producing and refining States?

    Russell VerPloeg AIA, LEED AP
    Ver Ploeg Architecture
    Des Moines IA