Daniel Kammen – a professor at the University California, Berkley – has resigned from his role as a science envoy at the Department of State, leaving a hidden message in his letter to Donald Trump about what the resistance should do next.
The energy specialist has held a variety of positions in the federal government since 1996, including stints at the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Much like the rest of the United States. Kammen was disgusted with Trump’s equivocating reaction to the events in Charlottesville. “Fine people” among the gathered new-Nazi groups? Please.
For this scientist, it was the last straw. In his resignation letter, Kammen explains that Trump’s egregious breach of basic political decency is dangerous:
Your failure to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis has domestic and international ramifications…Particularly troubling to me is how your response to Charlottesville is consistent with a broader pattern of behavior that enables sexism and racism, and disregards the welfare of all Americans, the global community and the planet.
Mr. President, I am resigning as Science Envoy. Your response to Charlottesville enables racism, sexism, & harms our country and planet. pic.twitter.com/eWzDc5Yw6t
— Daniel M Kammen (@dan_kammen) August 23, 2017
In addition to Kammen’s articulate and scathing take down of Trump’s repugnance, there is a secret message embedded in the letter.
Picking out the first letter of each paragraph, the reader finds “I-M-P-E-A-C-H.”