By Harry C. Blaney III
It now has been reported that the Trump transition team has started a Witch Hunt for federal career employees at the Department of Energy focused, among other areas, on their work on climate change. Thomas Pyle, the head of the American Energy Alliance, and the rest of the transition team representatives are asking for massive details on individuals’ work and associations including what committees and negotiations they have served on and even what web sites they have gone to while on government time!!!! This is a kind of authoritarian actions we saw in Germany in 1933 when Hitler took over the German government and we are seeing today in Turkey today.
It is thought that this kind of approach by Trump’s group’s to EPA might also entail the same kind of likely illegal Witch Hunt that has emerge from the Energy Department Trump team.
A wide use of these kind of attacks on our constitutional and legal framework that protects our civil servants from partisan attacks and efforts to punish them for their past legal action under another administration are unprecedented in modern American history.
Trump’s entire environment and energy nominations are all of one stripe. These initial requests for personnel information are targeting areas that Trump and the energy industry wishes to punish. They want to stop enforcement of efforts to deal with dirty air, water and increasing temperatures. Their aim seems to be profits over people. Their profits and money being directed were paid and will pay into the Trump ‘Empire’ and the Republicans on Capital Hill. The result for the rest of the country and the world is disaster.
But note this week several Trump cabinet and sub-cabinet selections need close attention and scrutiny as they impact not only the power and standing of our nation at home and adherence to our constitution and laws, but also in our key relations to other nations.
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