Donald’s transition team appears to not be interested in hearing anyone associated with preventing climate change.
The Washington Post reports that Donald’s team sent a questionnaire to “energy department” 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 transition team probes more later in the questionnaire, pushing the department to list all individuals who took part in any international climate talks in the past five years.
This targeting of specific climate ideology is especially concerning given Donald’s vows to dismantle Obama’s climate policies. While presidents in the past have clashed with scientists, Yale environmental historian Paul Sabin says this is the first time that an administration is “singling people out for a very specific substantive issue, and treating their work on that substantive issue as, by default, contaminating or disqualifying.”
At best, forming these lists is Donald’s attempt to keep environmental allies far away from policy. At worst, it’s the beginning of a systematic intimidation and targeting of climate change researchers.