That big CDC climate change conference... won't be happening

Coming up next month in Atlanta is a long anticipated conference on climate change. Government and industry leaders are expected to meet with scientific experts and work on proposals to fight carbon, reduce emissions and minimize health impacts on… wait. What’s that?

Oh… never mind. (WaPo)

With little warning or explanation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently canceled a major climate change conference that had been scheduled for next month in Atlanta.

The Climate and Health Summit, which had been in the works for months, was intended as a chance for public health officials around the country to learn more about the mounting evidence of the risks to human health posed by the changing climate. But CDC officials abruptly canceled the conference before President Trump’s inauguration, sending a terse email on Jan. 9 to those who had been scheduled to speak at the event. The message did not explain the reason behind the decision.

“Unfortunately, we are unable to hold the Summit in February 2017,” CDC officials wrote, adding that the agency is “currently exploring” whether it could reschedule the event later in the year.

So what gives? The CDC isn’t saying, but I don’t think we’ll need to call in Sherlock Holmes to figure this one out. All of these plans appear to have been predicated on the assumption that President Hillary Clinton would have been settling in for her second month in the Oval Office by that point and she would have been out on the media trail praising the conference and promising to take action on whatever recommendations they came up with. In that event, the CDC and the conference attendees probably would have had a free hand to essentially write the next generation of government regulations on energy, industry and environmental concerns, handing them off to the White House for implementation.

Well… that didn’t work out so well, did it?

The new president hadn’t even been sworn in yet when the America First Energy Plan showed up on the official White House web site. Tucked in amid all of the positive energy independence proposals was this little gem. (Emphasis added)

For too long, we’ve been held back by burdensome regulations on our energy industry. President Trump is committed to eliminating harmful and unnecessary policies such as the Climate Action Plan and the Waters of the U.S. rule. Lifting these restrictions will greatly help American workers, increasing wages by more than $30 billion over the next 7 years.

The plans for the conference actually began collapsing at the end of December, and by then the President Elect had begun telegraphing some signals as to who would be heading the EPA shortly. The fact that it wound up being Scott Pruitt probably hastened things along, particularly since he’s sued the EPA a dozen times over burdensome climate regulations in the past and he drives liberals insane.

But hey… you never know. Maybe they’ll just reschedule the conference for later this year. Perhaps they could hold it in Canada. I hear their Prime Minister is really big on this subject.