Each day I awaken to some new horror by the new administration: green card holders and refugees being turned away at airports, the Army Corps of Engineers given the greenlight to bulldoze through native lands and put precious water supplies in peril, and now a proposal to sell off over 3,000,000 acres of public land, denying taxpayer use, environmental protections, and generating no income for the country.
For someone who is supposedly a businessman, 45 and his crew sure make some stupid economic decisions.
45’s hostility to science becomes more apparent as his appointments for key positions that could affect policy regarding climate change come to light. The recent news of the man tapped to lead the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a harbinger of doom, as reported by McClatchy DC. Kenneth Haapala of the Heartland Institute is a known climate change denier, and his organization strives to reduce government influences on the free market, giving the almighty dollar the power to crush life as we know it on planet Earth.
If you think this is an overly dramatic reading of the future, consider that we’ve already seen environmental agencies in DC fall under gag rules by the current administration, including the National Park Service, for whom I volunteer. The EPA has been forced to take down it’s web page on climate change, which demonstrates that — when confronted with science — 45 chooses to turn a blind eye and then prevent anyone else from seeing.
“In recent weeks, federal employees at the National Parks Service, EPA and other agencies have claimed they are under “gag orders” – restricted from using social media or taking any action not approved by the new administration. As of Monday evening, the EPA hadn’t tweeted a single item since Jan. 19, the day before Trump was sworn in as president.” (Stuart Leavenworth, McClatchy, 1.30.17)
Fortunately, the same social media tools that allowed 45’s campaign to disseminate fake news stories also allows insiders in Washington to tweet from anonymous accounts.
A NOAA crew on the R/V Roger Revelle came nose-to-nose with an iceberg floating in the the Southern Ocean near Antarctica in February of 2008. Scientists at the federal agency have helped document impacts of climate change in the world’s polar regions, but some NOAA employees fear such research could be upended under President Donald Trump, a climate change skeptic. Courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.
Today the president has signed executive actions restarting the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and the Dakota Access fracked oil pipeline.
Millions of people have shown their opposition to these projects, which violate U.S. Treaties with the colonized Native peoples in addition to endangering the water supply that affects all people. The folks at 350.org are asking everyone who spoke up, marched, or sat-in to stand up and show the president that he has severely miscalculated and pledge to resist these projects and any other fossil fuel project that violates the science of climate action, the rights of Tribes, and the will of the people.
Join the Pledge of Pipeline Resistance to be part of the first wave of action to stop the administration’s pipeline plans.
Be ready to march in solidarity with the indigenous American resisters, who were attacked by dogs and water cannons in subfreezing temperatures just weeks ago.
The new administration’s first day resulted in a lockdown at the EPA: employees have been instructed not to talk to anyone outside the department and the grants program, which funds all kinds of scientific research, has been frozen.
The new administration refuses to respond to inquiries about the status of the EPA, whose nominated head, Scott Pruitt, has not yet been confirmed. Pruitt is a strong critic of the EPA.
One can only assume the agency is doomed, or at least gutted of all its effectiveness.
Write your senator urging denial of confirmation of environmental enemy number one, Scott Pruitt.
Keep your voices strong: our future depends on the health of Mother Earth.
you can’t claim
you didn’t hear
see images from Women’s Marches around the world
and hear Ashley Judd
and America Ferrera
and Angela Davis
Listen to each other, my sisters, and resist!
and for some comic relief, check out Kate MacKinnon mocking Kellyanne Conway (we’re still listening, Ms. Conway, if you have anything factual to say…)