After a shorter 60-game MLB season, a longer, expanded postseason is here.
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WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration has recently removed the chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the nation's premier scientific agency, installed new political staff who have questioned accepted facts about climate change and imposed stricter controls on communications at the agency.The moves threaten to stifle a major source of objective U.S. government information about climate change that underpins federal rules on greenhouse gas emissions and offer an indication of the direction the agency will take if President Donald Trump wins reelection.An early sign of the shift came last month, when Erik Noble, a former White House policy adviser who had just been appointed NOAA's chief of staff, removed Craig McLean, the agency's acting chief scientist.McLean had sent some of the new political appointees a message that asked them to acknowledge the agency's scientific integrity policy, which prohibits manipulating research or presenting ideologically driven findings.The request prompted a sharp response from Noble. "Respectfully, by what authority are you sending this to me?" he wrote, according to a person who received a copy of the exchange after it was circulated within NOAA.McLean answered that his role as acting chief scientist made him responsible for ensuring that the agency's rules on scientific integrity were followed.The following morning, Noble responded. "You no longer serve as the acting chief scientist for NOAA," he informed McLean, adding that a new chief scientist had already been appointed. "Thank you for your service."It was not the first time NOAA had drawn the administration's attention. Last year, the agency's weather forecasters came under pressure for contradicting Trump's false statements about the path of Hurricane Dorian.But in an administration where even uttering the words "climate change" is dangerous, NOAA has, so far, remained remarkably independent in its ability to conduct research about and publicly discuss changes to the Earth's climate. It also still maintains numerous public websites that declare, in direct opposition to Trump, that climate change is occurring, is overwhelmingly caused by humans and presents a serious threat to the United States.Replacing McLean, who remains at the agency, was Ryan Maue, a former researcher for the libertarian Cato Institute who has criticized climate scientists for what he has called unnecessarily dire predictions.Maue, a research meteorologist, and Noble were joined at NOAA by David Legates, a professor at the University of Delaware's geography department who has questioned human-caused global warming. Legates was appointed to the position of deputy assistant secretary, a role that did not previously exist.Neil Jacobs, the NOAA administrator, was not involved in the hirings, according to two people familiar with the selection process.The agency did not respond to requests for comment and a request to make the new officials available for an interview.NOAA officials have tried to get information about what role the new political staff members would play and what their objectives might be, with little success. According to people close to the administration who have questioned climate science, though, their primary goal is to undercut the National Climate Assessment.The assessment, a report from 13 federal agencies and outside scientists led by NOAA, which the government is required by law to produce every four years, is the premier American contribution to knowledge about climate risks and serves as the foundation for federal regulations to combat global warming. The latest report, in 2018, found that climate change poses an imminent and dire threat to the United States and its economy."The real issue at play is the National Climate Assessment," said Judith Curry, a former chairwoman of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology who said she has been in contact with Maue, the new chief scientist. "That's what the powers that be are trying to influence."In addition to Curry, the strategy was described by Myron Ebell, a director at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a former member of Trump's transition team, and John Christy, a professor of atmospheric science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.Christy, a critic of past National Climate Assessments, said he was asked by the White House this summer to take on a senior role at NOAA, according to E&E News, but declined the offer. He said he understood the role to include changing the agency's approach to the climate assessment.Curry and the others said that, if Trump wins reelection, further changes at NOAA would include removing longtime authors of the climate assessment and adding new ones who challenge the degree to which warming is occurring, the extent to which it is caused by human activities and the danger it poses to human health, national security and the economy.A biased or diminished climate assessment would have wide-ranging implications.It could be used in court to bolster the positions of fossil fuel companies being sued for climate damages. It could counter congressional efforts to reduce carbon emissions. And, it ultimately could weaken what is known as the "endangerment finding," a 2009 scientific finding by the Environmental Protection Agency that said greenhouse gases endanger public health and thus obliged the federal government to regulate carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Air Act.Other changes in the works could include shifting NOAA funding to researchers who reject the established scientific consensus on climate change and eliminating the use of certain scientific models that project dire consequences for the planet if countries do little to reduce carbon dioxide pollution.Noble, the new chief of staff, has already pushed to install a new layer of scrutiny on grants that NOAA awards for climate research, according to people familiar with those discussions.Meaningfully changing the National Climate Assessment's findings would be hard to accomplish, according to Brenda Ekwurzel, director of climate science for the Union of Concerned Scientists and co-author of a chapter in the latest edition of the report.Still, Ekwurzel said NOAA's role leading the report is vital and added that any attempt to undermine climate research for political purposes would threaten public safety and economic growth. "You need to have a well-functioning scientific enterprise," she said. "The more we back away from that, the more we erode our democracy."Most of the changes at NOAA could be reversed by the next president, officials say, making next week's election a referendum on the future of the agency.The dissonance between NOAA's work and Trump's dismissiveness toward climate change became clear at the end of 2018, with the publication of the latest installment of the National Climate Assessment. The report put Trump in the awkward position of disavowing the findings of his own government. "I don't believe it," the president said of the economic assessment in the report.But for the president's advisers, the climate assessment posed a greater problem than being mildly embarrassing. It threatened the administration's policy aims, because its conclusions about the threat of climate change made it harder, from a legal perspective, for the administration to justify rolling back limits of greenhouse gas emissions.Ebell and another former member of Trump's transition team, Steven J. Milloy, said they expected that Legates in particular would steer the next National Climate Assessment in a sharply different direction. They said Legates intended to question the models that NOAA scientists use to predict the future rate of warming and its effects on precipitation. Climate denialists broadly say the models used by scientists are flawed.That could ultimately make the endangerment finding, the scientific and legal foundation for regulating greenhouse gas emissions, vulnerable. As recently as July, Legates explained the connection himself: In an op-ed for Townhall, a conservative website, he noted that the science that underpins the endangerment finding relies primarily on the National Climate Assessment and claimed the models employed by its authors "systematically overestimate" warming.Officials at NOAA also say they fear that the new staffers will bring more climate denialists into the agency and push out scientists who object. They cite an executive order Trump signed last week making it easier to hire and fire civil servants involved in setting policy.The spate of new appointees isn't the only example of growing political constraints.In August, a few weeks before the new political staff began arriving at NOAA, the Commerce Department, which oversees NOAA and a handful of other agencies, issued a surprise memorandum: All internal and external communications must be approved by political staff at the department at least three days before being issued. The restrictions applied to social media posts, news releases and even agencywide emails.The new policy meant that Jacobs, the NOAA administrator, could no longer send messages to his own staff members without having them cleared from above. The goal of the policy was to make sure all communications "serve the needs of your employees and mission while aligning with the over-arching guidance from the White House and Department," the memo said."I think that until recently NOAA has been mostly spared the political interference with science that we've seen as a hallmark across this administration," said Jane Lubchenco, who served as NOAA administrator in the Obama administration."That integrity and the credibility that it brings are threatened by these recent appointments," Lubchenco said. "The positions that these individuals are in gives them the perfect opportunity to suppress, distort and cherry-pick information to make it whatever the party line is."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company
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WARM SPRINGS, Ga. -- Joe Biden reached for political history Tuesday as he swept into a red-state town with deep Democratic resonance and made a direct pitch to voters who flocked to President Donald Trump in 2016, urging them to give him a chance to "heal" the country after a year of crippling crises.One week from Election Day, Biden chose to expend precious political time and capital on Georgia, a state that hasn't voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1992, but where both public and private polling indicate he can win if he assembles a coalition of staunch Democrats, Black voters, white suburban women and enough white voters in rural areas like Warm Springs to put him over the top.Delivering a speech intended to be part of his closing argument to voters in the homestretch, Biden traveled to the onetime retreat of Franklin D. Roosevelt, making a let-us-come-together appeal that evoked the sort of common purpose that sustained the country during the Great Depression and World War II and that Biden said was needed to overcome the coronavirus.With language that at times sounded more like that of a president-elect than a candidate, Biden attempted to portray himself as a man of destiny. "God and history have called us to this moment and to this mission," he said, citing Ecclesiastes. "The Bible tells us there's a time to break down, and a time to build up. A time to heal. This is that time."While the Biden campaign is primarily focused on northern battleground states, where most polls show him ahead, Georgia carries tantalizing potential for the former vice president. This is the sort of Republican-leaning state that, if the president loses, would likely be the leading edge of a national rout.Scorning Trump for his cavalier handling of the virus and lamenting the country's economic hardships, racial inequities and toxic polarization, Biden said he would not accept that "the heart of this nation turned to stone."Biden's address took place only a few miles from the "Little White House," where Roosevelt stayed while undergoing polio treatment. The former vice president called the locale "a reminder that though broken, each of us can be healed. That as a people and a country, we can overcome this devastating virus. That we can heal a suffering world. And yes, we can restore our soul and save our country."His trip to a region filled with Trump signs and flags illustrated both the extraordinary political moment, a Democrat appealing for unity in the Republican countryside, and the calculation of a candidate on the offensive.Biden did not unveil any new proposals, and his rhetoric never soared. But he argued that he understood that the country faced massive challenges that he said Trump was not fit to solve.Some Republicans agree. Biden has received the support of a number of prominent Republicans in recent months who share his view that the stakes of the election transcend traditional partisan battle lines; on Tuesday, 20 Republican former federal prosecutors endorsed the Democrat.While Biden sought to expand his electoral map in a state where there are also two Senate races on the ballot, Trump was spending the day shoring up support in states in the Midwest, with rallies in Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska. "We're getting your husbands back to work," Trump declared in Lansing, Michigan, where he also criticized the state's Democratic governor, Gretchen Whitmer, and her efforts to limit the spread of the virus.Biden's appearance represented the culmination of his 18-month campaign to make the election a referendum on Trump and, as the sign on his lectern here read, to cast the race as a "battle for the soul of the nation."The small, socially distanced audience sitting amid the rolling green hills was less audible than the faint soundtrack of chanting protesters, who hoisted Trump flags and played "Sweet Home Alabama" not far from the state line.Biden even nodded at their presence, alluding to the noise "in the distance," before segueing into a lament that "too many among us spend more time shouting than listening."Hours before his remarks in Warm Springs, his campaign rolled out a series of commercials, dubbed "closing message" ads, that reinforced the pitch he has pressed from the beginning."Character is on the ballot," Biden says in one spot, repeating one of his most-used campaign lines. "The character of the country. And this is our opportunity to leave the dark, angry politics of the past four years behind us. To choose hope over fear. Unity over division."He brought the same message on a mild fall day in the South, where polls in states like Georgia, Texas and North Carolina are giving Democrats hope of breaking the Republican stronghold.Inveighing against a norm-shattering incumbent, and in the shadow of a worsening pandemic, the former vice president promised to work with Republicans and represent those who did not support him, and beckoned "red states" and "blue states" to help revive the country.Biden discussed the wheezing economy and the protests against racial injustice, but, as he has throughout the fall, he also lashed Trump's handling of the virus. "He's shrugged, he's swaggered and he's surrendered," the former vice president said.Biden's presence in Warm Springs reflected more than just his affection for historic symbolism. His aides recognize that appealing to independents and disaffected Republicans is central to his goal of capturing this rapidly shifting state.A pair of internal GOP surveys of the state indicate that Biden has established a small advantage, according to Republican strategists familiar with the data, speaking on the condition of anonymity. That's in large part because of his wide lead in the metropolitan counties around Atlanta that Hillary Rodham Clinton narrowly carried in 2016. After speaking against a backdrop of rural fall foliage on Tuesday, Biden was planning a drive-in rally in Atlanta.But to win the state Biden would also need to win in increasingly diverse places like Cobb and Gwinnett counties outside Atlanta, while narrowing his margins of defeat across the parts of Middle and South Georgia that feature more white voters.That would mark a reversal from the formula of Bill Clinton, who was trounced in much of suburban Atlanta, then still a heavily white Republican stronghold, but carried 92 of the state's counties, including many around Warm Springs."It's a suburban rebellion on the pandemic and overall exhaustion with Trump," said Keith Mason, a longtime Democratic strategist in Georgia, who came to see Biden's speech.In many ways Georgia is a microcosm of the coalition that Biden is seeking to build: a state with energized voters of color, in particular Black voters, as well as to white moderates disillusioned with Trump's stewardship of the party they once called home."The Atlanta suburbs are a bellwether for the country," said Brian Robinson, a Republican strategist in the state who is advising a congressional campaign in that area and hopes his party will prevail.While he has cut back on his spending in other states, Trump has poured money into advertising in Georgia, recognizing that losing here would greatly damage his hopes to win reelection. He also recently stumped in Macon.But sensing opportunity, Democrats are outspending Republicans on Georgia's airwaves by $1 million in the final week of the campaign, according to Advertising Analytics.Without mentioning Trump by name Tuesday, Biden likened the president to men of an earlier time, evoking the likes of Father Charles Coughlin and George Wallace without citing them directly."Time and again throughout our history, we have seen charlatans, the con men, the phony populists, who have sought to play on our fears, appeal to our worst appetites, and pick at the oldest scabs we have for their own political gain," he said.Biden, a practicing Catholic who has sought to make gains with other members of the faith, invoked a recent encyclical from Pope Francis that, he said, "warns us against this phony populism that appeals to, quote, the 'basest and most selfish' instincts.""Pope Francis asked questions that anyone who seeks to lead this great nation should be able to answer," Biden went on. "And my answer is this: I run to unite this nation. And to heal this nation. I've said that from the beginning. It's badly necessary."He held up the example of Roosevelt and the relief he sought for his polio in the waters in Warm Springs as a model for America today."This place represented a way forward," he said. "A way of restoration. Of resilience. Of healing."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2020 The New York Times Company
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