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USA: Scientists Copying Climate Data Ahead of Trump’s Taking Office

Sunday 18 December 2016, by siawi3


The effort is aimed at preserving crucial information amid fears about the incoming administration’s climate policies.

By Gabrielle Levy
Political Reporter

Dec. 14, 2016, at 1:48 p.m.

The effort is aimed at preserving crucial information amid fears about the incoming administration’s climate policies.

But his Cabinet picks and appointments to other key positions have instead given an indication he means to keep his campaign pledge to roll back the Obama administration’s efforts to put national and global structures in place to halt and reverse climate change.

Trump’s pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, has openly questioned climate change. He tapped Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who has described the policy debates surrounding man-made climate change as "far from settled" and is suing the Environmental Protection Agency over Obama’s Clean Power Plan, to lead the agency he is battling in court.

[READ: Companies need to disclose more on climate risks, panel says]

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Energy, called climate science a "contrived, phony mess." Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil and Trump’s nominee for secretary of state, has acknowledged global warming but said it could be managed and that climate change fears are overblown. His company is being investigated in New York and Massachusetts for allegations it downplayed the risks posed by climate change.

And Breitbart News, formerly run by Trump senior adviser Steve Bannon, promoted the denial of climate change. The Southern Poverty Law Center has described the media outlet as "embracing ideas on the extremist fringe of the conservative right."

Meanwhile, Trump’s pick of Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., to be interior secretary has advocated for increased drilling and mining on public lands.

Energy Declines to Give Names of Climate Change Staffers

Inside the ranks of the Energy Department, officials declined the Trump transition team’s request to turn over the names of staffers who had worked on climate policy. The request was seen by some as an ominous sign that the new administration intended to intimidate or sideline career civil servants.

"We will not be providing any individual names to the transition team," department spokesman Eben Burnham-Snyder said Tuesday. "Our career workforce, including our contractors and employees at our labs, comprise the backbone of DOE and the important work our department does to benefit the American people."

CNN reported that the Trump team on Wednesday distanced itself from the request, saying it "was not authorized or part of our standard protocol."

"The person who sent it has been properly counseled," a Trump transition official told the network.