Professor Daniel Kammen, up until today the State Department’s Science Envoy, has served in various Federal agency roles for over 20 years, since 1996. Today the UC Berkeley Professor of Energy, and Director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Lab (RAEL), sent President Trump a letter of resignation in which the first letter of each paragraph spells out “IMPEACH”. Here is the full text of that letter, which Professor Kammen posted on Twitter.
[I] am resigning from my position as Science Envoy for the Department of State of the United States. Since 1996, I have served the Departments of Energy, the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the State Department in a number of roles. Working closely with the talented teams at State Department Headquarters and at u.S. embassies abroad, we have built significant partnerships in North and East Africa, and in the Middle East, around shared visions of national security, job creation in the U.S. and sustainable energy.
[M]y decision to resign is in response to your attacks on core values of the United States. Your failure to condemn white supremacists and neo-Nazis has domestic and international ramifications. On this issue, I stand with the unequivocal and authoritative statements of Charlottesville Mayor Mike Signer, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Senator John McCain, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush, Dr. Cornel West, Linda Sarsour, the Palestinian-American activist and one of the organizers of the Women’s March, and many others.
[P]articularly 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.
[E]xamples of this destructive pattern have consequences on my duties as science envoy. Your decision to abdicate the leadership opportunities and the job creation benefits of the Paris Climate Accord, and to undermine energy and environmental research are not acceptable to me.
[A]cts and words matter. To continue in my role under your administration would be inconsistent with the principles of the United States Oath of Allegiance to which I adhere.
[C]haracter is vital in leadership. I find particularly wise the admonition of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who cautioned that, “A people [or person] that values its privileges above principles soon loses both.”
[H]erein, with regret, I resign. I deeply respect and value the work of the many fine people I have encountered in our federal agencies and will miss the opportunity to work with and support them. Your actions to date have, sadly, harmed the quality of life in the United States, our standing abroad, and the sustainability of the planet.
Daniel M. Kammen
Science Envoy, U.S. State Department (Former)
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What makes this particularly noteworthy, in addition to the hidden message, is that Professor Kammen posted his letter of resignation on Twitter, to his 5,750 followers, and in just four short hours (as of the writing of this article) it has been retweeted an astonishing 9,500 times, and ‘Liked’ 22,000 times!
Of course, President Trump is well-known for his own tweets; apparently Professor Kammen is trying to hoist President Trump on his own Twitter petard.
Professor Daniel Kammen’s Resignation to President Trump Tweeted on Twitter
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3 thoughts on “Full Text of Daniel Kammen’s Letter of Resignation to President Trump Spelling Out ‘IMPEACH’ with the First Letter of Each Paragraph”
Well, good for him. He was a highly paid bureaucrat, and I am sure he will find another job. Like-wise, in today’s economy, there is likely someone else who is NOT employed, so it will balance out fairly quickly.
They kept yelling at the last several POTUSES to get out. The last one had a particularly fun time. They are now yelling at this one. The next one will get the same in this wonderful tit-for-tat game now going on (between the extremes), in the Disunited States of America.
I guess this guy forgot(?) or not(?), the Principle of Bureaucracy, as expounded by great men like Drucker, and as established in the descended from Britain, Civil Service System: The bureaucrat stays neutral. He does his job, the best he can. If sometime, he wishes not to become neutral, then he resigns (which he did), and then runs for office.
It is interesting to watch empires fall. Which is what happens when leadership is de-stabilized. As is happening now. A wise history prof taught me when I was young, and the most evil man in History, LBJ, (That is what they called him, then.) was POTUS. “If you cannot respect the man [who is ephemeral], at least respect the Office.”
BUT: If you disrespect enough men in a row, the Office loses all respect, too. I see this happening. Sad.
Pete, did I ever tell you about the time that I and my then 13-year-old daughter met Pierre Trudeau? ;-)
My goodness. Talk about cutting! I think most people on my UK side of the pond regard Trump as a frst-class buffoon, who (as we say in the UK), is completely off his trolley and totally out of touch with the real world, which, I have to say is a common politicians’ trait – except for one thing……..Trump is NOT (and probably never will be) a politician. It looks, from where I’m sitting, that he’s trying to run the country the same way he runs his businesses – running roughshod over anyone who dares to even remotely disagree with him and surrounding himself with a load of similar “yes” men and sycophants. Thank you. I rest my case.