Quick Update …

Just a quick update to a prior post, Big Brother Is Watching You!:

The response from the Department of Energy (DOE) to Trump’s request for names of DOE employees who had worked on climate initiatives: “We will be forthcoming with all publicly-available information with the transition team. We will not be providing any individual names to the transition team.”  – Eben Burnham-Snyder, a department spokesman. Emphasis was part of the original response.

“I am alarmed by the questionnaire sent by the Trump transition team to the Department of Energy seeking the names of career civil servants who have worked on climate change policy,” said Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (Md.), the second-ranking Democrat in the House. “This raises serious concerns as to the motivation of such a request and raises questions of possible retribution for following President Obama’s policies.”

NTEU President Tony Reardon said his Energy Department members were “stunned” by the transition team request.

American Federation of Government Employees President J. David Cox Sr., who also represents Energy employees, warned against “a return to the political witch hunts of the 1950s. President-elect Trump must instruct his transition team to cease this profoundly anti-democratic behavior immediately.”

These efforts at resistance may all come to naught after January 20th, but it is good to see that people are finally seeing the dangers that lie in wait and are making a stand.

20 thoughts on “Quick Update …

  1. This was yet one more disturbing request that should bother all Americans. Squelch those who do not share your opinion. As I have said before, from George W. Bush’s White House Counsel on the Environment editing papers eliminating references to the words climate change and global warming, to Governors Rick Scott of FL and Scott Walker of WI telling staffers not to mention climate change or global warming in public, to Exxon Mobil being investigated by three AGs for misrepresentation of the impact of climate change on its business to shareholders which would be a crime, to the President-elects decision to appoint two climate change naysayers, defund NASA climate change efforts, and to this move, all show that the climate change must be for real and man-influenced as the key approach is to silence the arguers, not argue with them.

    My greatest fear all along with this President-elect has been what he will do to our planet. He has not done much to dissuade me from my concerns. The above offset his statement that he won’t tear up the Paris accord without looking at it first. Fortunately, we are passed to the tipping point on renewable energy and even Trump cannot stop that, but he can slow progress as we need to accelerate it.

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    • Yes, and other nations will carry on the fight against climate change with or without us, and we may even find ourselves looking at sanctions from other nations at some point if we actually pursue the course of action Trump has laid out.

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      • Jill, it would not surprise me for a group like the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, founded by Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Mark Zuckeburg along with countless other benefactors, to replace the US at the table is this is the position our President-elect will take. It also would not surprise me, if President Obama is asked to lead an effort like this. Keith

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        • I was thinking that also, until I read an article this morning about Bill Gates’ phone call with Trump. I have to ponder on this a bit more, but it disturbed me that Gates seemed to be praising Trump.

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          • Jill, if you want to get anywhere with a narcissist, you need to market to him. As he is President-elect, there will be a lot of folks sucking up to him, as his ego cannot tolerate criticism and he has a history of writing people off. It is all a game being played. Keith

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    • No, I think it is very deliberate. I believe he has every intention of becoming an autocrat and I am amazed that there are still some people who cannot see it, who think he is the greatest. It is scary to even imagine what our nation may look like in four years … or even one year, for that matter.

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      • When you factor in the average intelligent of his 50 and younger supporters and the anticipated lifespan of his 70 and older supporters, they like him for different reasons, both of them not well thought out.

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  2. Good for the DOE for refusing a request that should never have been made.Even the wording of the request originally made it see like a threat to the people who worked on this project despite it being part of their duties for their employer despite it being at President Obama’s behest.
    If the Trump administration are going to threaten employees like this, it won’t be long before they try to remove and discredit all scientists who have come down on the side of Global Warming leaving America with no credible line of defence against the damage being wrought on the environment by big business. That will also probably mean the despoiling of large tracts of the countryside as more fossil fuels are exposed and used.
    If he keeps his promise of some job creation and some improvement in the economy it will leave many of his voters not caring about the dark side of his reign.
    xxx Gigantic Hugs xxx Nadolig Llawen.

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    • Just tonight I read that climate scientists here are busily copying all their data to store in case the Trump administration destroys their original work. I’m glad of that, but afraid you are right … if the masses get something that makes their own immediate life a bit happier, more convenient, they will not care about international relations, the environment, or even the rest of humanity! Very sad. Hugs … and …
      Nadolig Llawen i chi hefyd, fy ffrind!

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