A former policy adviser at the Interior Department said the Trump Administration has retaliated against him for warning about the dangers of climate change to Alaska Native communities.
Joel Clement wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post about his reassignment to what he considers a lesser position. Clement used to advise the Obama administration on climate issues and the Arctic.
A spokeswoman for Interior told the publication “The Hill” that senior personnel are being moved “to better serve the taxpayer.”
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., said she’s asking the inspector general to investigate.
Related stories from around the North:
Canada: Canada’s science minister in North to observe climate change, Radio Canada International
Finland: U.S. pullout from Paris climate pact condemned by Finnish leaders, Yle News
Greenland: Greenland earthquake and tsunami – hazards of melting ice?, blog by Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle
Norway: As Arctic weather dramatically changes, world meteorologists take on more joint forecasting, The Independent Barents Observer
Russia: Putin says climate change might not be human made, The Independent Barents Observer
Sweden: Sweden’s climate minister : U.S. withdrawal from Paris sends a bad signal, Radio Sweden
United States: Trump’s alternative reality? No warming, cool oceans, intact coral, blog by Irene Quaile, Deutsche Welle