Afraid that years of critical climate measurements will disappear during a Trump administration that is clearly hostile to the science of climate change, scientists have begun to copy loads of government data onto independent servers hoping to protect the data from possible sabotage by the numerous climate deniers and fossil fuel proponents expected to occupy key positions at numerous energy and regulatory government agencies under Trump, reports Brady Dennis.
“Doing this can only be a good thing. Hopefully they leave everything in place. But if not, we’re planning for that,” one scientist told WaPo.
Numerous efforts are underway or upcoming, including a “guerrilla archiving” event in Toronto and strategic planning meeting at the University of Pennsylvania to figure how best to download as much federal data as possible in the coming weeks. In addition, an international coalition of scientists and database experts are creating an online site to compile and harbor scientific information.
The moves come in response to President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet nominations and after a request by his transition team at the Department of Energy for “names of employees and contractors who have participated in international climate talks and worked on the scientific basis for Obama administration-era regulations of carbon emissions,” says Dennis.