Dark Money, Science and Climate Change – NYTimes.com


To the Editor:

Re “President Trump Risks the Planet” (editorial, March 29):

The fossil fuel industry’s control over congressional Republicans and members of President Trump’s cabinet is breathtaking. The president seems oblivious to the dark money influences on his supporters and the reason they recommended those anti-clean-energy cabinet picks. Dark money is the only reason we are having a climate debate in the country.

James Lawrence Powell was appointed to the National Science Board by Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush and served for 12 years. Dr. Powell conducted a study of peer-reviewed articles on global warming.

His study found that 24,210 articles were written on climate change by 69,406 scientists from around the world in 2013 and 2014. Of those authors, all but four, or 99.99 percent, indicated that global warming is caused primarily by human activity (particularly burning fossil fuel).


To the Editor:

Clean coal is a bit like humble Trump. Although both may be theoretically possible, few expect to see large-scale implementation of either in their lifetimes.


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