The new political environment in the United States poses a serious threat to climate scientists and is an opportunity to call your attention to climate contrarians in the federal government, and its main departments and agencies.
Today we introduce Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) — and his protégés.
On March 16, Senator Inhofe accused the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of creating “propaganda” and “brainwashing our kids” to show his support for Trump’s proposal to cut the EPA budget by 31 percent. If approved, this will end EPA programs dealing with the causes and effects of climate change.
This is not Senator Inhofe’s first outlandish statement on climate and the environment. In a 2003 Senate speech, he famously called global warming “the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.” Senator Inhofe, former Chair of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), has also taken numerous legal actions against climate science, including joining the Competitive Enterprise Institute in a lawsuit to block distribution of the National Climate Assessment Report, publicly calling for criminal charges against climate scientists, and using his EPW perch to lead investigations against climate scientists.
Senator Inhofe’s views and actions are disturbing. So is the fact that he’s helped at least six of his former staffers secure positions in the Trump Administration — people who are helping shape policy related to climate, energy, and the environment. They include:
A record number of Americans say they are concerned about climate change, but Senator Inhofe and his associates are poised to continue their assault on climate science.
We firmly believe that those who dispute the scientific consensus on climate change, and those who have a history of harassing individual scientists, should not hold positions in federal agencies employing climate researchers. We’ll continue to call out climate foes and protect the scientific endeavor by helping climate scientists defend against legal harassment; here’s how you can join us.