Pam's Points: Trump's insidious war on climate and science

FILE- In this June 1, 2017 file photo, protesters gather outside the White House in Washington to protest President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the Unites States from the Paris climate change accord. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

George Luber is a national award winner for his work on climate change and health questions. He also is an internationally recognized epidemiologist, and until last year he headed the climate and health program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Then Donald Trump and his administration's preoccupation with erasing the words "climate change" from the vocabulary of government offices all but erased Luber, as well.

"These days, Luber lives in a professional limbo," wrote Washington Post columnist Karen Tumulty on May 22.

Apparently Luber, a researcher with CDC for 17 years, is a victim of his own celebrity. In his work, he focused on how a hotter planet will affect human health - including the potential for long heat waves that could kill tens of thousands and the likely spread of mosquito-borne diseases as waters where the insects breed grow warmer.