Monday, December 12, 2016

Climate purge: Trump demands list of Department of Energy climate negotiators

The Trump administration will put a fox in every henhouse, from the Goldman Sachs execs who'll run the treasury to the working conditions repeat offender who'll run the Department of Labor to the public school abolitionist who'll run the Department of Education, but when it comes to climate and energy, the Trump administration is pulling out all the stops.

The EPA will be run by an unabashed climate change denier, while the Department of Energy transition team is being led by Thomas Pyle, a Koch coal lobbyist.

Pyle and his gang have sent the Department of Energy a memo demanding the names of government contractors and employees involved in climate negotiations, clean energy initiatives, portending a political purge of DoE employees who favor an evidence-based approach to climate, rather than a hydrocarbonist ideological approach.

This played out for more than a decade in Canada, under Stephen Harper's Petro-Tory regime, and it was fucking ugly. Canada has the world's dirtiest oil, but its carbon crimes are only a fraction of America's, and the damage that hydrocarbonism could do in America over the next four years is frankly terrifying.

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