An official within the State Department has resigned after he was denied the opportunity to speak openly and candidly about the issue of climate change during a testimony in front of Congress last month.
Rod Schoonover, a Senior Analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research at the U.S. Department of State, resigned “in protest” over the Trump administration’s moves to block portions of his written and oral testimony, the Wall Street Journal reported. His last official day of work will be on Friday, according to anonymous officials that informed the WSJ about his decision to leave.
The administration had limited what Schoonover could put in his written report, cutting it down based on his findings that didn’t match the official White House line on climate change. That whittling down of his report resulted in his opening statement being halved in length he had initially planned it to be when he spoke before Congress in early June, according to AlterNet.
Within his testimony, Schoonover was forbidden from using data and evidence that backed his findings. Yet he was still adamant about speaking the dangers of climate change and its effects, specifically from a national security standpoint.
“As an intelligence officer, my job is to provide clear, objective, independent analysis top policymakers to advance U.S. national security,” Schoonover said. “The Earth’s climate is unequivocally undergoing a long-term warming trend, as established by decades of scientific measurements from multiple independent lines of evidence.”
White House Blocked Climate Change Testimony
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His findings were rather dire, as he stated he and his colleagues saw “few plausible future scenarios where significant harm does not arise from the compounded effects of climate change.”
Schoonover’s resignation comes as the administration plans to derail several Obama-era efforts to curb greenhouse gases, the New York Times reported in May. Among the many moves it has in mind, the White House will no longer report on the future effects of what climate change could look like at the end of the present century.