State Department Science Envoy Resigns With Letter Containing Hidden Message

The President and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt (Image: AP)
The President and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt (Image: AP)

It is no secret that the screaming Twitter man in charge of the United States and scientists do not get along. Everyone knows this.


As if scientists weren’t angry enough from Trump’s rejecting evidence-based facts, they also happen to be human beings, human beings who do not like the fact that the President of the United States finds it difficult to condemn white supremacists and literal swastika-waving Neo-Nazis. In response, one scientist, Daniel Kammen, has resigned from his post in the Department of State’s Science Envoy position.

The letter contains a secret message: the first letter of each paragraph spells out “IMPEACH.”

Kammen runs the Renewable and Applied Energy Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley. As a science envoy, his role is to “leverage [his] expertise and networks to forge connections and identify opportunities for sustained international cooperation,” according to the state department website. Kammen’s role, specifically, is “building capacity for renewable energies.”

In his letter, Kammen lists his decision to resign specifically as the President’s “attacks on core values of the United States,” including his “failure to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis,” which has “domestic and international ramifications. He lists the Charlottesville response as “particularly troubling,” as part of a “broader pattern of behavior that enables sexism and racism.”

The resignation comes in the wake of tons of others in response to the President’s post-Charlottesville behavior. CEOs began stepping down from the President’s manufacturing council before he disbanded it. All of the members from the White House Arts Committee also resigned this week. And the assault on science continues—the NOAA under the president disbanded the National Climate Assessment Advisory Committee, also last week.


I’ve reached out to Kammen and the White House for further comment.

Update 8/24/17 8:30AM: A White House spokesperson told Gizmodo that Kammen was appointed by Barack Obama, and that his one-year term would have ended in late September, which Kammen confirmed.


Former Gizmodo physics writer and founder of Birdmodo, now a science communicator specializing in quantum computing and birds


Poey Gordon

uh actually it says “IM PEACH” fake news smdh sad