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The enemy of climate-change policy

"You know, sometimes I think Trump is trolling us, people," "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah said last week. "It's like the ultimate troll! Because you realize, every single person he's picked for his cabinet wants to destroy the thing that they've been put in charge of."
— From a recent review of Trump's climate-related appointments.

And they do have a point. The short-list includes:

– An EPA head who's suing the EPA.
– A Secretary of State from ExxonMobil.
– An Energy secretary who's said he would eliminate the Department of Energy.

The list could go on. The Department of the Interior chief is a guy who has consistently voted in favour of oil and gas drilling projects on federal lands. And he will have oversight over the use of federal lands and controversial pipeline and drilling projects. The Department of Defense will be headed by someone who once asked to "unleash us from the tether of fuel" during the drive into Baghdad. The Department of Housing and Urban Development will be headed by someone who has said, "I know there are a lot of people who say 'overwhelming science', but then when you ask them to show the overwhelming science they never can show it".

The new CIA chief is among the most outspoken critics of climate change legislation, who has derided Barack Obama for describing climate change as a national security threat. The Attorney General is someone who has consistently voted against climate action. The Department of Health and Human Services will be headed by another noted climate change skeptic. And the Department of Transportation will be headed by someone who was previously a member of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think-tank that opposes policies to fight climate change. Only the Department of Education will be headed by the chairlady of a company which has invested in clean energy technology, and her views on climate change can be expected to be the most measured among a cabinet of climate deniers.

All that said, I think it's safe to say that Trump's picks do seem to represent a unprecedented level of influence from the fossil fuel industry, which is not good at all. All their stated positions and all their actions thus far do little to dispel the impression that the next four years are going to present a serious setback to climate change policy. And this, at a time when the world was already moving toward a consensus. With America potentially being absent from the equation from now on, this spells a disaster on a global scale.

Source: Talk politics.

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