Get ready for a renewed fight to keep climate change research and policy that reflects facts front and center in the US. Donald Trump shows every sign of being a climate change contrarian. It really isn’t a conspiracy created by the Chinese as he claimed during his run for the Oval Office, and his lead person on the issue is a well known climate change denier.
The climate and clean energy budget could be in peril, though. Trump has called climate change a hoax created by the Chinese and has vowed to end the Paris Agreement (though on Tuesday, he softened that on both those stances in a meeting with New York Times reporters). In a video statement released on Monday, he said he would “cancel job-killing restrictions on the production of American energy, including shale energy and clean coal, creating many millions of high-paying jobs." That could be a reference to his stated goal to rescind the Clean Power Plan and Environmental Protection Agency rules. The EPA transition team leader is Myron Ebell, a climate denier from the Competitive Enterprise Institute. On Monday, the transition team announced that Thomas Pyle, a former Koch brothers lobbyist, would head up the Energy Department transition and Doug Domenech, who runs Fueling Freedom, a group that aims to “explain the forgotten moral case for fossil fuels," would head the Interior Department efforts.The stark fact is that the incoming US leader is well known for distorting the facts and outright lying when it suits him. This is an insane approach to take with an issue that will eventual control whether there is a human civilization on the planet and possibly a species. Starting to see why having a probable psychopath in the Oval Office isn't a good thing at all.