Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Isolated Scholars: Making Bricks, Not Shaping Policy

The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 10th, 2015

In last month’s State of the Union address, President Obama sounded the alarm on climate change, pausing to enumerate his administration’s accomplishments but also underscoring the problems that lie ahead. Though his speech encompassed myriad issues facing the American public, Obama emphasized that "no challenge—no challenge—poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change."
His comments follow years of political inertia on the issue, despite scientists’ increasingly bleak predictions. This lack of political will prompted the president to appeal to the room full of policy makers to heed the scientific consensus on climate change and take decisive action, recalling to them their responsibility to take seriously the expert testimony of the research and academic communities.

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