These are dangerous times to be a climate change scientist.

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Government Scientists at U.S. Climate Conference Terrified to Speak with the Press

By Sharon Lerner


While Donald Trump was reviving both the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, muzzling federal employees, freezing EPA contracts, and first telling the EPA to remove mentions of climate change from its website — and then reversing course — many of the scientists who work on climate change in federal agencies were meeting just a few miles from the White House to present and discuss their work.
The mood was understandably gloomy at the National Conference and Global Forum on Science, Policy, and the Environment.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen. No one knows what’s going to happen,” one EPA staffer who works on climate issues told me on Tuesday, as she ate her lunch.

She had spent much of her time in recent weeks trying to preserve and document the methane-related projects she’s…

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