On the 20th of December, 350.org and several other environmental
groups gathered in front of the GSA office at 1800 F st. Trump's
transition team is being permitted to use that Federal building. The
pro-Earth groups were there to denounce such Trump appointments of
people like climate denier Scott Pruitt as as head of the EPA and Exxon
CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State.
Organizers of the protest included 350.org, the Sierra Club, Climate
Truth,and Oil Change International. They held a short "teach-in" in
front of the Trump transition team HQ in the GSA building and also had a
stack of petitions that Trump no doubt will disregard. A lot of
attention was paid to Trumps's nomination of the head of Exxon as
Secretary of State. Another appointment drawing fire was the appointment
of Scott Pruitt to run the EPA, which was compared by one speaker to
putting an arsonist in charge of the fire department. This is actually
true of most of Trump's appointments but Mr Prutt is a special case.
For years Mr Pruitt, in his role as Oklahoma's GOP attorney general
has sued the EPA over initiatives such as the Clean Power Plan to clean
up electrical utilities. On Dec 7 (fittingly Pearl Harbor Day), Trump
nominated him as none other than head of the EPA itself. A mention of
alt-right Breitbart founder Steve Bannon (Trump's chief of strategy)
also drew a chorus of boos from the crowd.
Scott Pruitt is more than a science denier and climate denier. He is a
direct threat to the safety of climate scientists, He has gone so far
as to call for prosecution of scientists he calls "alarmists" on climate
change for "fraud," citing the ongoing investigation of Exxon for
repeatedly and knowingly misleading the public since the 1970's as a
precedent. He referred to Exxon and other oil companies as "skeptics" of
what is actually well established science. This is rather like the
creationists who will probably come in with Mike Pence who "question"
evolution, which like climate change science is accepted by a broad
consensus of scientists. Due to the ongoing fear being driven by Trump,
climate scientists now employed by the US government have been reported
to be backing up all their data to non government owned computers as a
precaution against expected orders to delete all their work. This in
turn brings to mind Scott Pruitt and the other Trump appointees as
book-burners being placed in charge of libraries.
Somehow arsonists running fire departments and book burners in charge
of libraries seems an apt description of the incoming Donald Trump