More than 250 scientists have signed a letter calling for the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) to remove Rebekah Mercer from the board of trustees.
The scientists and academics endorsed a letter that that called on the museum to remove Ms. Mercer from its board and “end ties to anti-science propagandists and funders of climate science misinformation”, the N.Y Times Reported.
Rebekah Mercer and her father Robert Mercer, through their Mercer Family Foundation have given millions to climate change-skeptic organizations including the Heartland Institute. The family is also part owner of Breitbart News and has given over $35 million to Republican candidates; factors which have enraged local liberal activists in addition to scientists who support climate change theory.
Recently a protest outside the museum was held by activists known as “Revolting lesbians”, where protestors held up signs declaring any opposition research to climate change as “junk science” and “get Rebekah Mercer out of our museum”.
“Rebekah Mercer and the Mercer Family Foundation, political kingmakers and the financiers behind Breitbart News, have given tens of millions of dollars to a list of organizations who attack climate science and policy solutions. This includes ringleaders of climate denial such as the Heartland Institute, which garnered $5.9 million from the Mercers from 2008-2016”, the open letter stated.
The museum responded with a statement to the N.Y Times stating: “The museum itself, does not make appointment decisions concerning staff or trustees based on political views, the museum has long maintained that its funders do not shape its curatorial decisions.” In other words, Mercer’s views on climate change and politics do not influence the museum in any way.
Opposition research to climate change theory or Global warming is frequently dismissed as junk-science and scientists who question the theories or present other information are dismissed frequently as “science deniers” by strident proponents of climate change theory.
Skeptics frequently point to climate models which were inaccurate in their temperature predictions, Antarctica’s growing sea ice, and often point out solar activity can be attributed to erratic weather changes as opposed to carbon dioxide. A common theme among skeptics is that climate change is naturally occurring, and humans have very little if any impact on it.
Climate change or global warming has evolved from scientific debate to a political talking point, since the topic was first introduced to the public lexicon.
In 2015, a similar campaign was crafted to drive Charles Koch from the board of trustees as well. Koch resigned after 23 years as a member but claimed the pressure of the campaign to remove him had nothing to do with his decision.