Some scientists fear that parts of Antarctica are on track for an unstoppable collapse. If the resulting rise in sea level turns out to be as rapid as some worst-case projections, it could lead to a catastrophe without parallel in the history of civilization.
Members of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology just sent a letter to the President, asking him to support staffing of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and to make use of the office for reliable evidence-based decision making.
“Where scientific policy is concerned, the White House should make use of the latest, most broadly-supported science. You have a tool at your disposal in this regard, should you wish to make use of it, in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) which, under your administration, has been left largely unstaffed and without a director. If you appoint a qualified OSTP Director, you will have a reliable source of policy advice for matters related to science and technology, which forms the bedrock of our national security and economic power.”
“I have talked to many [Republican lawmakers who don’t believe their own climate denials] in confidence. There are between 40 and 50 in the House and maybe 10 to 12 in the Senate. They’re all looking for a way out of the denialist penitentiary they’ve been put into by the Tea Party. But they’re not sure what the Republican response ought to look like exactly and when the political window is going to open. […] The wall of denial in the GOP looks awful frightening from afar but it is crumbling. And it can change quickly.”