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Rod Schoonover testifies in Congress in June. Photo: Andrew Harnik, Associated Press
In July, Rod Schoonover resigned from his job at the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research in protest because the Trump Administration blocked the written testimony prepared for a hearing of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Schoonover was ultimately allowed to speak to the Committee but the White House blocked the written statement for the record because “the scientific foundation of the analysis did not comport with the administration’s position on climate change.”
Schoonover wrote in an op/ed in the New York Times that the conclusion of the testimony was “Climate change will have wide-ranging implications for U.S. national security over the next 20 years.” He quit because “the White House trampled not only on the scientific integrity of the assessment but also on the analytic independence of an arm of the intelligence community.” For his willingness to stand up for these important principles, he is our hero this week.
ODP: You have just taken over as Europe’s Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries. Tell us how you became interested in conservation and how you have reached such an important position so early in your career? VS: As I was Minister of Economy and Innovation in Lithuania, naturally, I was expecting rather a portfolio […]
Axios Media’s Sara Fischer reported earlier this week, women are”pushing back against the gender imbalance in media” by launching their own platforms and focusing on topics many traditional news companies have long ignored. We can relate! As part of that wave, today our friends at Lonely Whale, a nonprofit that is driving societal change away from […]
With air travel more difficult and risky this year, many families are taking vacations the old-fashioned way — by going on a road trip. And we hear that renting a recreational vehicle or RV is quite popular. It is a great way to “see the country,” and maybe visit some National Parks, while maintaining coronavirus […]
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