In another signal of the anti-science chill that has descended upon federal government, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has quietly cancelled a long-planned climate summit in anticipation of its unpopularity within the Donald Trump administration.
The February summit—intended to provide a forum for public health officials to discuss the risks that climate change poses to human health—was reportedly called off before Friday’s inauguration, according to emails obtained by E&E News, which broke the story on Monday before the CDC confirmed the cancellation to news outlets.
“Unfortunately, we are unable to hold the Summit in February 2017,” said the emails, which were sent to scheduled speakers beginning on Dec. 22. “We are currently exploring options so that the Summit may take place later in the year.”
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Though no official explanation was provided, Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), who was scheduled to be keynote speaker at the CDC summit, told the Washington Post that “agency officials decided to preemptively call off the event, rather than risk running afoul of an incoming president who has repeatedly called climate change a ‘hoax’ and has nominated climate change skeptics to his Cabinet,” as the newspaper put it.
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