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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.
This week, we marked the grim milestone of 500,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. We know that many among them cared deeply about the environment and climate change, and many were public servants. In their honor, we want to tell the story of one — Jennifer “Jen” Pizza, who died suddenly last Sunday of […]
A 21-year old woman from the U.K., Jasmine Harrison, became the youngest female to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean — she did it in just over 70 days — surviving capsizing twice and a near collision with a giant tanker ship. Why did she do it, you ask? She said on her website, “I […]
This week we wanted to learn about how to make our politics less divisive, particularly when it comes to making progress on climate change and environmental issues. So we reached out to Mo — an original Friend of the Planet — who has been studying civility in politics for years. In GU Politics’ most recent […]
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