Trump’s team is sending out a 65 question memo in order to identify Dept. of Energy employees who have attended UN meetings on climate change. They want emails, memos, research, etc. coughed up in order to ID the employees who might have bought in to climate change science.
This is actually kind of creepy. We’re not talking about political appointees. We’re talking about civil service employees who are now vulnerable because they complied with requests to inform themselves and develop policy to mitigate climate change. Whether we’re going to see a purge of the 13 thousand employees and tens of thousands of contractor employees involved, or whether it’s just intimidation – this will be along the lines of Tammany Hall (though even Plunkitt acknowledged that you had to keep some opposition party people in the jobs for continuity).
Two Energy Department employees who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed the questionnaire and said agency staff were unsettled by the Trump team’s information request.
“It’s certainly alarming that they would be targeting specific employees in this way,” said Michael Halpern, deputy director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. “Scientists are looking at this with some suspicion, because many of the people who have been chomping at the bit to dismantle federal climate change science programs are now deeply embedded in the transition.” That includes transition team advisers working to shape the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA, he said.
The S&P 500 Energy Sector Index meanwhile climbed 0.3 percent on Friday to the highest level since June 2015. Exelon Corp., the biggest nuclear power plant operator in the U.S., gained 2 percent to $34.88 at 3:41 p.m. in New York on news of the potential support for generators.
Brave new world.