The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which used to be a leading agency in the fight against climate change, is considering dropping the word “climate” from its mission statement.
The announcement is in keeping with the current administration’s agenda of systematic climate change denial and the suppression of information relating to human-induced climate change.
This news also comes just as a federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought by the California cities of Oakland and San Francisco in which the cities were suing to force companies such as BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil, and Royal Dutch Shell to foot the costs of combating climate change, like building projects to protect coastlines from rising sea-levels.
Judge William Alsup ruled, “The problem deserves a solution on a more vast scale than can be supplied by a district judge or jury in a public nuisance case.”
And continuing to add to both our climate and corruption woes is Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt, whose recently released internal emails show that he and his staff discussed hiring a friend of the very same lobbyist whose wife rented a D.C. condo to Pruitt at just $50 a night.
This latest revelation underscores just how important the Freedom of Information Act is, since that’s the only vehicle that has allowed organizations like the Sierra Club, which filed this specific lawsuit, to gain the legal footing to demand answers and accountability from the EPA and its corrupt leader.
The emails also show that Pruitt reached out to the American Petroleum Institute to let them know that he was looking to fill regional director positions, adding to the mounting evidence that Pruitt has strategically recruited members of the fossil fuel industry to discredit and dismantle the EPA from within.
As we reach the end of June it is likely that we will get yet another report telling us that we have yet another hottest month on record.
There’s really no other way to say it: we are running out of time.