Program in Atmospheres, Oceans, and Climate Faculty
Monday, March 6, 2017
MIT Faculty working on climate write to President Trump.
March 2, 2017
President Donald Trump
Dear Mr. President:
It has come to our attention that our colleague Richard Lindzen, Professor Emeritus at MIT, has sent you a letter urging you to withdraw from the UN climate convention, claiming that actions with respect to global climate are not scientifically justified.
As his colleagues at MIT in the Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate, all of whom are actively involved in understanding climate, we write to make it clear that this is not a view shared by us, or by the overwhelming majority of other scientists who have devoted their professional lives to careful study of climate science.
The risks to the Earth system associated with increasing levels of carbon dioxide are almost universally agreed by climate scientists to be real ones. These include, but are not limited to, sea level rise, ocean acidification, and increases in extreme flooding and droughts, all with serious consequences for mankind. Professional societies like the American Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Union have released official statements on the concerns of their members about these risks. We owe it to future generations to remain engaged with the international community to seek the widest possible efforts to understand and mitigate those threats.
We hope this information is helpful to you in evaluating the true balance of expert opinion on this important issue.
The faculty of the MIT Program in Atmospheres, Oceans and Climate