Donald Trump’s transition team has issued a list of 74 questions for the Energy Department, asking agency officials to identify which employees and contractors have worked on forging an international climate pact as well as domestic efforts to cut the nation’s carbon output.
The questionnaire requests a list of those individuals who have taken part in international climate talks over the past five years and “which programs within DOE are essential to meeting the goals of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.”
Trump and his team have vowed to dismantle specific aspects of Obama’s climate policies, and Trump has questioned the reality of climate change. The questionnaire, which one Energy Department official described as unusually “intrusive” and a matter for departmental lawyers, has raised concern that the Trump transition team is trying to figure out how to target the people, including civil servants, who have helped implement policies under Obama.
Thousands of scientists have signed petitions calling on the president-elect and his team to respect scientific integrity and refrain from singling out individual researchers whose work might conflict with the new administration’s policy goals. This potential clash could prompt a major schism within the federal government, with many career officials waging a battle against incoming political appointees.
While there have been many instances of political appointees and career scientists clashing in various administrations, what is novel is the request for the names of so many individual scientists, and the fact that it comes during the transition period, before the Trump administration has even taken power. This may be a signal of even more intense politicization after the inauguration.
Yale University environmental historian Paul Sabin said in an interview that previous administrations have worked to install like-minded energy and environmental experts in key agencies, often at the expense of employees from previous administrations.
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GREAT TOON....!! LOVE IT....!! GLOBAL WARMING NOTHING but a Liberal LEFT LIE and HOAX.....,FUNDED BY CORRUPTION....!!
This is a great move. We need to get rid of everybody who stands in the way when Trump will Make America Great Again. He starts the purge in government offices, then he moves on to the destructive liberal media and finally he'll eliminate all others who are not with us but against us. America First!
Yep! The die was cast when this "genius" and that Clinton harpy told coal miners to their faces that they were NOT gonna have jobs mining coal any more. I suspect every family in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Iowa (and many others, too) had a short but POINTED conversation that night over the dinner table. Trump had been saying exactly how his policies would CREATE jobs. Those families knew he was right, and they knew how to vote... AND THEY DID.
And no, THEY ARE NOT RACISTS!!! They voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012. Racism was almost completely gone until Barack Obama was elected- and started re-creating divisions between the races. But the racism he created was FAR more black against white than white against black!!! YOU KNOW IT!!!